GENEVA (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport could rule on Luis Suarez's appeal against his biting ban before the Spanish league season starts next month.
CAS said Friday that Suarez, the Uruguay football federation and Barcelona have filed a request for a fast-track appeal against FIFA's ban for nine competitive international matches and four months from all football.
"It is likely that a final award will be rendered well before the end of August," the court said in a statement to The Associated Press.
The Spanish league season begins the weekend of Aug. 23-24, when Barcelona hosts Elche.
"All parties have agreed on an expedited procedure in this case," FIFA said Friday in a statement.
Still, no hearing dates have yet been agreed to, the court said.
Arbitrators have also yet to be appointed to judge the case. In typical appeals to CAS, both sides and the court each choose one lawyer on the three-member panel.
FIFA's sanctions imposed on Suarez also included a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000) for biting the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in a group match at the World Cup.
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