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SPAIN

Suarez may play ‘Classico’

Disgraced Uruguay international striker Luis Suarez, who is serving a four-month ban for a biting incident at the FIFA World Cup, could make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid in El Clasico in October. La Liga announced its fixtures for the season on Thursday and the first meeting of the two Spanish giants will be on the weekend of Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 at Real’s Santiago Bernabeu. However, Suarez would only be able to play if the match went ahead on Oct. 26, the day after his suspension ends. The 27-year-old was given a nine-match international ban and suspended for four months from any soccer-related activities by FIFA after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in a Group D match last month. Earlier this month, Suarez was transferred from Liverpool to Barca for a fee that media reports put at 81 million euros (US$109 million). After an initial appeal against the ban was rejected, Barca decided to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). If CAS decides to cut the suspension, Suarez could appear for his new club earlier.

UNITED STATES

Lampard signs for New York

New York City introduced Frank Lampard in Brooklyn after signing the 36-year-old former Chelsea midfielder to a two-year contract on Thursday. “Why not New York? Talk about ticking all the boxes. I want to carry on challenging myself,” Lampard said at a press conference. “That’s a great challenge, isn’t it? City of hopes and dreams. That’s where you want to go to and play isn’t it?” The club owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees previously signed David Villa of Atletico Madrid. Lampard was asked about a widely reported encounter with US travelers in 2001, shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when he and teammates were fined following reports they were behaving drunkenly and boorishly in front of distraught Americans. “I was naive and a young boy at the time and I have some regrets,” Lampard said. “I categorically didn’t insult anyone, set out to insult anyone, behave badly in front of Americans or in fact anyone.”

ENGLAND

Andy Carroll out injured

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has revealed he will miss the start of the Premier League season after suffering a serious ankle injury. Carroll was sidelined for much of last season due to a recurring foot problem and the England international’s injury troubles have resurfaced. The 25-year-old, who cost West Ham a club record £15 million (US$25 million), had already been ruled out of his side’s two friendlies on their tour of New Zealand as a result of the ankle problem and reports suggest Carroll could now be out for up to another four months after the former Liverpool and Newcastle United star admitted he requires surgery to fix the issue. “Going under the knife tomorrow morning and absolutely devastated to be missing the start of the season,” Carroll tweeted.

COSTA RICA

Pinto quits national team

Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto announced on Thursday that he was parting company with the Central American side after a breakdown in talks with the national federation. Colombian Pinto, 61, had coached Los Ticos since 2011, leading them to an historic World Cup quarter-final. Costa Rica lost to the Netherlands on penalties, but they were not beaten in open play, despite facing three former World Cup winners as well as former European champions Greece. In a 30-year coaching career, Pinto has also led clubs in Colombia and Peru.

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