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Suarez set to make Barcelona debut in El Clasico

Suarez moved to Barcelona in a mammoth £75m deal this summer. Credit: PA

Luis Suarez's debut for Barcelona is likely to come on Saturday October 25th against fierce rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

The striker - who switched to the Nou Camp from Liverpool earlier in the summer for £75million - is currently the subject of a worldwide ban after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini while playing for Uruguay at the World Cup.

His four-month ban, which started on June 25th, expires on Friday October 24th and today La Liga officials confirmed that Barca's trip to the Spanish capital looks set for the Saturday, with a 1700 kick-off time (British time).

Suarez vows to Barca fans: I'll never bite again

Luis Suarez has pledged that he will not bite again after finally being formally unveiled by new club Barcelona.

Left: Suarez unveiled a day after his debut in a friendly win against Leon. Right: After biting Italian Georgio Chiellini. Credit: EFE

The Uruguayan has been banned from football for four months after he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

"I say to all the fans: don't worry because I won't do that anymore," the Associated Press quoted the striker as saying.

Asked during a press conference at the Nou Camp what he was doing to ensure no repeats of the incident, Suarez said: "I am speaking to professionals - the right professionals," he added.

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Luis Suarez ban upheld but he is cleared to train

Luis Suarez's four-month ban from football for biting an opponent has been upheld by the Court for Arbitration of Sport, but the player has been cleared to train with his new club Barcelona.

Luis Suarez can start training with Barcelona immediately. Credit: PA

The Uruguayan striker received the lengthy ban after he bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match in June.

Suarez has since transferred from Liverpool to Barcelona for £75 million, but today's ruling confirms that he will not be able to play for the Spanish side until 26 October.

Their opponents on that day will be their fierce rivals Real Madrid.

Luis Suarez begins appeal against four month biting ban

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez's appeal against his four month ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup has begun at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Luis Suarez arrives for a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport today. Credit: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

The Uruguayan forward brushed passed photographers and refused to make any comment as he arrived by taxi at the court's headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The 27-year-old was suspended for nine competitive internationals and banned from all football activity for four months by Fifa - but was still allowed to complete his transfer from Liverpool to the Spanish side.

Suarez, who has already lost an appeal before Fifa's own disciplinary committee, has previously been banned twice for biting and initially denied sinking his teeth into Chiellini.

The hearing is expected to last all day and is being held behind closed doors, with CAS saying "the final decision is likely to be rendered some days after the conclusion of the hearing."

Ex-Liverpool star: 'I see the logic' of letting Suarez go

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge said he could "see the logic" in the club letting Luis Suarez leave after he was hit with a four-month ban for biting a player at the World Cup.

Some Liverpool supporters were not overly distressed at the move either - one fan told ITV News he "didn't want him" at the club anyway, while another said he was "not a good role model".

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Luis Suarez to wear number 9 shirt at Barcelona

Luis Suarez will take on the number 9 shirt at Barcelona, the Spanish club have revealed in a video post on their official website.

Last season the squad number was worn by Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, who has now sealed a big money move to Premier League club Arsenal.

Other big names to have taken on the number 9 shirt in recent years include Brazilian legend Ronaldo, Dutch hitman Patrick Kluivert and Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Steven Gerrard hails Liverpool 'legend' Suarez

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has issued a heartfelt message praising Luis Suarez as an "amazing talent" and a "legend" at the club.

Steven Gerrard's Instagram message about Luis Suarez. Credit: Instagram/Steven Gerrard

The England international wrote the message on his Instagram account following the news of Suarez's move to Spanish side Barcelona.

Rodgers: Liverpool let Suarez go 'with great reluctance'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said the club only accepted Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona "with great reluctance".

In a statement on the Liverpool website, Rodgers said: "The club have done all they can over a sustained period of time to try to keep Luis at Liverpool."

Brendan Rodgers said the club had let Suarez go 'with great reluctance'. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"It is with great reluctance and following lengthy discussions we have eventually agreed to his wishes to move to Spain for new experiences and challenges. We wish him and his young family well; we will always consider them to be friends."

Rodgers described Suarez as a "special talent", but said despite his departure the club would "improve the team further and...be stronger for this coming season".

Luis Suarez leaving Liverpool 'with a heavy heart'

Luis Suarez said the decision to leave Liverpool for Barcelona was made "with a heavy heart" and wished the team and manager Brendan Rodgers "well for the future".

Luis Suarez will be playing for Barcelona next season. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

In a statement posted on Liverpool's website, the Uruguayan striker said: "It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain. Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city.

"But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.

"I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision. This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife's family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.

"I wish Brendan Rodgers and the team well for the future. The club is in great hands and I'm sure will be successful again next season."

The statement finished with Suarez saying: "You'll Never Walk Alone".

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