Luis Suarez to learn fate next week in World Cup biting case

Luis Suarez's appeal of his FIFA ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup will be decided next week.

Forward trying to get 3-person panel to reduce 4-month suspension

Uruguay and Barcelona forward Luis Suarez was banned for nine international soccer matches for a biting incident during the FIFA World Cup. He'll learn more about his punishment next week. (Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)

Luis Suarez's appeal of his FIFA ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup will be decided next week.

The Uruguay and Barcelona forward attended a six-hour hearing Friday before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and gave a statement to the court.

He is trying to persuade a three-person panel to reduce his ban of four months from all soccer activity, along with nine Uruguay matches in official competitions.

The panel "informed the parties that it will issue its decision as soon as possible, probably before the end of next week."

Barcelona begins the Spanish league season in two weeks. FIFA lawyers earlier declined comment on the case.

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