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Uruguay's disgraced striker Suarez to join Barcelona from Liverpool

Reuters, Friday 11 Jul 2014
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Uruguay's Luis Suarez, right, gets away from England's Gary Cahill during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014 (Photo: AP)
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Barcelona have agreed to buy disgraced Uruguay forward Luis Suarez from English Premier League side Liverpool, the two clubs said on Friday.

"The player will travel to Barcelona next week for a medical, sign a contract for the next five seasons and be presented as an FC Barcelona player," the Spanish team said in a statement.

Suarez was expelled from the World Cup in Brazil last month and given a nine-match competitive international ban as well as a four-month suspension from any soccer-related activities for biting Giorgio Chiellini.

After initially denying that he bit the Italy defender, the 27-year-old later issued a carefully-worded statement admitting his offence, the third time he has bitten an opponent during a match, and vowed there would be no repeat.

Suarez, who has also had stints at Dutch clubs Groningen and Ajax Amsterdam, netted 31 league goals for Liverpool last season.

The deal comes a day after Barca agreed to sell Chile forward Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal.

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