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Luis Suarez awaits biting ban verdict

Luis Suarez biter
Luis Suarez. Credit: PA

Luis Suarez will learn today whether his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup has been reduced.

Suarez has taken his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which has announced it will deliver its verdict at 3pm local time (2pm BST), having heard the case last week.

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Suarez to learn fate

Luis Suarez is looking to get back in the game
Luis Suarez is looking to get back in the game Credit: PA

Luis Suarez will learn on Thursday whether his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup has been reduced.

Suarez has taken his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which has announced it will deliver its verdict at 3pm local time (2pm BST) on Thursday, having heard the case last week.

Barcelona: Vermaelen still injured

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Vermaelen picked up an injury at the World Cup. Credit: PA

Barcelona have confirmed that new £15 million signing Thomas Vermaelen is still carrying a hamstring injury and will have to wait before he starts training with his new team.

The 28-year-old was presented at the Nou Camp on Sunday after completing his move from Arsenal to the Catalan side and admitted he was not yet 100 percent fit after getting injured during Belgium's 1-0 win over Russia in the World Cup, which meant the defender played just 29 minutes of football in Brazil.

The former Arsenal captain added he hoped to "start from zero" after missing most of last season with the Gunners due to a series of injuries but joins Barca as an injured player.

A statement from Barcelona said: "Thomas Vermaelen injured his right hamstring during the World Cup in June. The player will undergo physiotherapy, and the evolution of the injury will determine when he returns to training."

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Mathieu confused by England's rubbishness

Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu admits he is baffled by the England national side's troubles given the quality of their base at St George's Park.

I don't know why, having these lovely facilities, England haven't done well - it is something I cannot answer.

The English team would be the right people to answer that question.

We only can say that we have enjoyed so much the great facilities and the amazing pitch.

All the team have been so happy to train together and to get to know each other much better.

– Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu
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