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Liverpool agrees to sell Luis Suarez to Barcelona; biting ban appeal rejected

07.11.14 at 11:13 am ET

Liverpool has agreed to sell star forward to Luis Suarez to Barcelona, pending a physical.

The two sides agreed to a fee of about $102 million.

Suarez, more known lately for his antics with his teeth rather than his elite soccer skills, signed a five-year contract and will be introduced by Barcelona on Wednesday.

Liverpool FC confirms that Luis Suarez will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona,” Liverpool, which owned by Fenway Sports Group, said in a statement. “The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities, which will then conclude the transfer.

“We would like to thank Luis for his contribution and the role he played in helping bring Champions League football back to Anfield. Everyone at Liverpool Football Club wishes Luis and his family well for the future.”

Said Suarez: “It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain. Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city. But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.

“I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision. This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife’€™s family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.”

Barcelona won’t get to use its new star right away, however. FIFA has rejected Suarez’s appeal of a four-month ban from all soccer-related activities for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

The Uruguay star can now make a further appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Should Suarez and the Uruguayan FA choose to appeal further, it could be done in front of the organization’s ad-hoc division with the World Cup ongoing.

The ad-hoc division could suspend the sanctions pending a full hearing later in the year, which would allowed him to take part in soccer activities in the meantime.

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