It now appears that Luis Suarez might be allowed to train with Liverpool for the duration of his ban. Suarez had been banned from 'all footballing activity' for four months - a very strict sounding sanction.
However, the head of FIFA's disciplinary committee Claudio Sulser is now indicating that this is not the case.
When asked whether Suarez would be banned from Liverpool's training ground for the duration of his ban, Sulser was unequivocal.
No, you can't limit those rights to the player, because it would be disproportionate.
Of course he may not want to go near Liverpool's training ground next season. When asked whether Suarez could transfer to another club during the ban, Sulser responded:
The player cannot have any activity related to football, but a medical examination for a transfer yes - the sanction is not restricted to transfer rights.
Sulser had little time for the argument that this was in fact punishing Liverpool.
That's your opinion. It's a sanction against the player. That is the risk if you are a player and you are sanctioned at the World Cup. I agree with you its a problem for Liverpool but the sanction is in the disciplinary regulations.