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warm up T20 match
against an Australian
Women s XI, on
"I m happy for him
because he has spent
a long time off the
LIONEL MESSI talks
about his teammate
Luis Suarez who is
expected to play today
against Real Madrid
after ending his four-
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BARCELONA---Luis Suarez s long
wait is almost over. The much-
maligned forward will play his first
minutes for Barcelona today against
Real Madrid after completing his
ban for biting an opponent four
months ago at the World Cup.
"(Suarez) will have some minutes
for sure, how many is the million-
dollar question," Barcelona coach
Luis Enrique said yesterday, after
having wavered on the question for
most of the week in the run-up to
"It s an important occasion for
him, to play against Madrid, and
make his official incorporation with
Suarez hasn t played an official
match since biting Italy s Giorgio
Chiellini in June. That earned him
his third multi-game suspension for
sinking his teeth into an opposing
player after also biting rivals while
playing for former clubs Ajax in 2010
and Liverpool in 2013.
Undeterred by his latest act of
gross misconduct, Barcelona spent
97 million euros (then $130 million)
to sign the Premier League s top scor-
er from last season.
Suarez has been receiving therapy
and said at his presentation with
Barcelona in August that his biting
days are behind him. He repeated
that pledge yesterday.
"I think all the bad things I have
been through are in the past," Suarez
said. "I believe I am on the right path
now, dealing with the people who
can help me, the right kind of peo-
ple.In the interview Suarez called all
three biting incidents the result of a
"Everyone has different ways of
defending themselves. In my case,
the pressure and tension came out
in that way. There are other players
who react by breaking someone s leg,
or smashing someone s nose across
their face. What happened with
Chiellini is seen as worse. I under-
stand why biting is seen so badly."
The 27-year-old Suarez finishes
his ban for his club on Saturday, just
in time for Barcelona s visit to Madrid
in the Spanish league. He has played
a handful of friendlies for Barcelona
and Uruguay in the meantime, and
is still banned from playing for
Uruguay in the Copa America and
some World Cup qualifiers next year.
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti
said he was pleased Suarez would
return to the pitch, even if it will
be at his Santiago Bernabeu Sta-
dium and adding to a formidable
attack already featuring Lionel Messi
Luis Enrique said he was not wor-
ried about a possible provocation
of Suarez by Madrid defender Pepe,
who is also known for his aggressive
outbursts, including kicking Getafe s
Javier Casquero repeatedly in 2009
and being sent off for a headbutt
at the World Cup this summer.
Luis Enrique also said that holding
midfielder Sergio Busquets was fit
after a nagging pelvic injury sidelined
him for the past two matches.
Ancelotti, for his part, said Spain
defender Sergio Ramos was also fit
after missing four games for club
and country and would start along-
Gareth Bale did not make
Madrid s squad as he recovers from
a muscle injury.
Besides Suarez s highly antici-
pated debut, Messi will be seeking
the one goal he needs to equal the
league s all-time leading scoring
mark of 251 goals. (AP)
FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez, from Uruguay, right, and Neymar, from
Brazil, attend a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan
Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Monday.
FC Barcelona will play against Real Madrid today. AP PHOTO
Nadine Angerer and US all-time
leading scorer Abby Wambach are on
the shortlist for Fifa's Ballon d'Or
award for the best female player in
Angerer won the award last year,
and Wambach was the recipient the
The list of 10 also includes Japan's
World Cup winner, Nahomi Kawasumi,
2006 award winner Marta of Brazil,
and Nadine Kessler of Germany.
There are also Veronica Boquete of
Spain, Nilla Fischer of Sweden, Aya
Miyama of Japan, Louisa Necib of
France and Lotta Schelin of Sweden.
Among the 10 nominated coaches
in women's football are two from
Japan, Norio Sasaki of the national
team and Asako Takemoto of the
The awards will be presented on
January 12 in Zurich. (AP)
Angerer, Wambach on short list for Ballon d'Or
Serbia received tougher sanctions than Albania
when Uefa punished the Balkan rivals yesterday
for the on-field violence sparked by a banner being
flown by a drone over the stadium.
The European Championship qualifier in Belgrade
was abandoned last week after an Albanian nationalist
banner was flown in by a remote-controlled device,
sparking fighting among players and fans.
Although the source of the banner remains unclear,
Uefa ruled that Albania forfeited the October 14
match because its players refused to return to the
pitch amid the disorder. Uefa s disciplinary body
awarded Serbia a 3-0 win, but docked the three
points gained by a win.
Serbia was also ordered to play its next two Euro
2016 qualifiers behind closed doors without fans,
starting with next month s game against Denmark,
as a result of crowd disturbances and fireworks and
missiles that were set off during the Albania game.
The Serbian and Albanian federations were each
fined 100,000 Swiss Francs ($105,000). Uefa s verdict
was criticised by both countries, further inflaming
ethnic tensions in the Balkans.
The Albanians expected the game to be awarded
to them as a victory and are planning to appeal.
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama complained there
was "no justice" from Uefa and backed the football
federation "to open a legal battle to the end."
Despite being awarded no points from the match,
Albania remains tied with Denmark on four points
in the leading positions in Group I. Serbia, which
is coached by Dick Advocaat, has just one point
after playing twice, the same as last-place Arme-
"I have a feeling that someone does not want to
see Serbia play at the European Championship in
France," Advocaat said in a statement that didn t
expand on the reasons. "The Albanians did not want
to play the match under any circumstances, that
night, with or without spectators, nor the next day."
The Serbian federation will appeal against a verdict
it called "contradictory," as the sports minister Vanja
Udovicic questioned the logic of awarding the win
while immediately annulling it.
"If Albania was only fined, that could open the
doors for more such incidents at sports venues,"
But Albania coach Giovanni de Biaisi criticised
Uefa for denying his team "what we deserved on
the pitch," and federation president Armand Duka
said he was "disillusioned."
"I do not understand what precedent this may
set when a squad physically beats the opposing
players on the pitch," Dukasaid. "I do not know if
there is a greater scandal than this."
Uefa deemed that because there is no ongoing
conflict between Serbia and Albania they should
not be separated in qualifying like Armenia and
Azerbaijan, who have a territorial dispute, and Gibral-
tar and Spain, who are at odds over the sovereignty
of the British territory. (AP)
Serbia, Albania for
Suarez to return in
'clasico' after biting ban
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