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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Barcelona's Luis Suarez is poised to make his debut in the La Liga 'Clasico' at Real Madrid on October 25, the day after a FIFA ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup ends.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez is poised to make his debut in the La Liga 'Clasico' at Real Madrid on October 25, the day after a FIFA ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup ends.

Spain's professional league (LFP) had earlier confirmed the date of the game, the first meeting of the bitter rivals since Real beat Barca 1-0 in last season's King's Cup final.

"Luis Suarez will be able to play in the 'Clasico' at the Santiago Bernabeu on October 25," Barcelona said on their website.

"The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed to FC Barcelona that the Uruguayan forward's sanction expires the day before," they added.

CAS last month upheld FIFA's decision to sideline Suarez for four months and ban him for nine internationals after he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil.

The court ruled a separate ban from all football-relatedactivities was disproportionate and Suarez, who joined Barcafrom Liverpool for 381.25m, has since been training with his new team-mates.

Platini dig at FIFA's policy

UEFA president Michel Platini has had a dig at soccer's world governing body FIFA, saying it had failed to show zero tolerance towards discrimination at the World Cup.

"It's all well and good to create committees and task forces but you will get nowhere without infrastructure and... rules," the Frenchman said as he opened an anti-discrimination conference in Rome.

"UEFA put up a system that is a complex monitoring system of all high risk matches so that, unlike the World Cup in Brazil, zero tolerance is really put into practice."

Platini was referring to FIFA's failure to hand out sanctions after Mexican fans chanted the word "puto" - or "faggot" in Spanish - at opposition goalkeepers during games.

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