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Football: Suarez appeal rejected as Argentina prepare for Germans

Published on Jul 11, 2014 6:17 AM
Uruguay's Luis Suarez attends a news conference before a training session at the Dunas Arena soccer stadium in Natal on June 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Fifa dismissed appeals by Uruguay and Luis Suarez over the striker's four-month ban for biting on Thursday as Rio de Janeiro braced for an Argentine invasion ahead of the World Cup final.

Football's governing body said had rejected appeals by Suarez and Uruguay officials over the severity of his ban.

A Fifa statement said the decision was not binding, meaning Liverpool star Suarez could still appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Suarez was thrown out of the World Cup and banned from all football activity for four months after being found guilty of biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in a Group D game on June 24.

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