(WFI) Luis Suarez hopes to take a bite out of his suspension.
On Friday, the Uruguayan striker completed his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport regarding his four-month suspension on all football-related activities handed down by FIFA. His legal team hopes for just a two-month suspension.
In a statement released following the trial, CAS said the panel hearing the case “will issue its decision as soon as possible, probably before the end of next week.”
full award will be published at a later date.
If his appeal is successful, he would be eligible to play starting Aug. 25.
Suarez grew infamous during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil when he bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini. Uruguay went on to win the match, 1-0.
Match officials did not notice the incident and Suarez received no in-game punishment.
Russia Offering Subsidies on World Cup Construction
The Russian government has approved a set of rules on subsidizing construction for World Cup 2018 infrastructure and venues.
On Friday, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed an agreement saying that the government will offer subsidies of up to $150 million to regions of Russia hosting World Cup events.
The World Cup presents a challenge to Russia, as the impoverished regions across the country will need a total overhaul of sports, transport, and security infrastructure. Although many venues are already complete or on schedule, several others are being built from scratch.
Officials have estimated that Russia will need $20 billion to prepare for the World Cup with the bill evenly split between private investors and regional governments.