Luis Suarez has received a four month ban from all football related activities for biting Giorgio Chiellini, however new club Barcelona have several loaning options on the table.
The Uruguay international has been last season Premier League’s most prolific goal-scorer. He managed to record a total of 31 goals in a league that is often regarded as the toughest in professional football. His value as a player skyrocketed, believed to be around the GBP 100 million mark. However, a major incident at the FIFA World Cup saw his market value drop.
Luckily for him, due to his footballing skills he was able to command a host of suitors for his signature. Barcelona was the one that managed to seal the transfer for a price believed to be in the region of GBP 75 million (EUR 94m), according to gambling news.
The four month ban imposed by FIFA prevents him from taking part in all football activities. Thankfully, Barcelona have been presented with several options of loaning the highly rated forward, however none of these clubs are close to the footballing standards he is used to.
• Luis Suarez scored 31 Premier League goals last season
• Banned for four months for biting Italian defender Chiellini
• FC Barcelona cannot play him until late October
The Catalan side could possibly loan him to FC Pristina, which is located in the Kosovo. The Football federation of Kosovo (FFK) has applied for FIFA membership back in 2008, however the governing body decided not to award it access. FIFA claimed that Kosovo “is not an independent state recognized by the international community.”
The club was founded in 1922 and is playing out of the capital Prsitina. In the past decade they have secured 5 championships in the league, while last season they have finished fourth. Should Suarez opt to join them, he would stand to have a successful period with them considering their trophy haul, albeit at a significantly reduced wage.
Sun Casino FC
Another likely destination could turn out to be the luxurious French Principality, where millionaires flock to avoid paying taxes. However, it is not AS Monaco that boasts the likes of James Rodrigues and Radamel Falcao in their ranks, but rather a little known club called Sun Casino FC.
Football in Monaco is regulated by the Monegasque Football Federation, which doesn’t maintain any links to FIFA or EUFA. The Federation has a league and a three domestic cup competitions. Sun Casino has recorded 11 Challenge Prince Rainier III titles, making the team stand out from the rest of the “many” illustrious teams in the league.
Before the biting incident, Suarez had an endorsement deal with 888 Poker, however since then the mobile betting firm has dropped him. Nevertheless, they might have taught him a few casino tricks that could come in handy by living in Monaco.
Suarez could find his time with such a club to be quite beneficial. If not for sporting reasons, then he might at least save a few bucks from his account by living in Monaco.
Team Friendship FC
Palau is an island located on the other side of the world from where his current home Barcelona is situated. The island has a football club called Team Friendship. They are not associated to any governing body in football, including FIFA, Oceania Football Confederation or the Asian Football Federation.
The club may be far away and is not a participant in important competitions, however Suarez could may use of the opportunity for other things besides football. The striker would have the chance to practice catching fish, as many believe he is quite adept at it considering his pseudonym “Jaws.”
Should Suarez feel homesick, he could be granted a loan move closer to his native land. Chandlery FC is a local team hailing from Falkland Islands, which is much closer to Uruguay than Barcelona. The club has experienced great success in recent times, as they have been crowned champions for the last two seasons.
The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) supports Argentina’s stance when it comes to the claiming of the Islands. Therefore, Falklands are not participants in the Confederation or any other international footballing organizations.
Many online sportsbooks in Spain believe that FC Barcelona will fight FIFA’s ban. Reducing the four month period is unlikely, but changing some of the conditions of the ban may be possible. Barcelona will probably make an appeal to FIFA to allow him to train with the club and maintain some level of professional football activity during the four months.