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Barcelona would require Suarez apology

ESPN staff
June 28, 2014
Suarez's let everyone down

Barcelona remain keen on signing Liverpool's Luis Suarez despite his four-month ban from all football-related activity, but reports claim the La Liga club want the striker to publically apologise for biting Giorgio Chiellini.

Suarez bit Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 victory over Italy at the World Cup on Tuesday and FIFA decided to hand him what is thought to be their severest punishment to date, suspending him for nine international matches and four months.

'Suarez has been made a scapegoat'

  • Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has claimed Luis Suarez has been made a scapegoat by English speaking-media after the striker was handed a heavy ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini.
  • Tabarez quit FIFA's strategic committee in protest on Friday.
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The Sun reports Liverpool are prepared to offload their star striker, who will miss the club's first nine games of the new season should he stay at Anfield this summer, for a fee of around £80 million.

Barcelona, though, are still thought to be keen in bringing the striker to the Nou Camp. The newspaper claims that, should Suarez move to Spain, the Catalan club would consider inserting clauses into his contract which would allow them to punish him if he were to repeat his actions.

Barcelona were initially handed a 14-month transfer ban by FIFA after they were found guilty of breaching rules on signing players under 18 years old. However, world football's governing body suspended the ban in April pending an appeal, meaning Barcelona are currently free to buy and sell players this summer.

They have already signed Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo as new coach Luis Enrique looks to strengthen his squad.

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