Barcelona will be prevented from unveiling Luis Suarez publicly as that would contravene the terms of the ban he is serving for biting.
The striker is expected to complete a £75m move from Liverpool this week but FIFA have confirmed that he will not be allowed the usual ceremony with which Barcelona prefer to introduce their biggest signings to their supporters.
Such players as Cesc Fabregas and Neymar have been paraded in front of packed stadiums after agreeing contracts at Camp Nou, but Suarez is serving a four-month suspension from all football-related activity and that precludes him from entering the stadium. It was thought Barcelona may conduct the ceremony at a non-football venue but the club was informed by FIFA last night that this would not be accepted.
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Suarez was given his ban by world football's governing body after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup group stage. The Uruguayan had an appeal against the punishment - which also includes a nine-match international ban and £66,000 fine - dismissed by FIFA last week and is expected to take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a final bid to have the sanctions reduced.
On the prospect of Suarez being paraded by Barcelona, a statement from FIFA read: "The ban relates to all football-related activity. He cannot be in a football-related public event irrespective of the venue. He cannot even be involved in a football-related charity event."
His suspension currently keeps the striker away from football until October, although CAS can also be asked to put the ban on hold until the outcome of an appeal. However, he would then be made to serve the rest of any ban later in the campaign rather than having it run during the close season and not impinge completely on the season.
Chiellini has since intimated that he believes the ban to be too severe, while Suarez has also apologised and has expressed remorse for his actions. That sentiment has not corresponded with the public comments of his lawyer, Alejandro Balbi, however.
"The right of a footballer to work is being violated and football should be worried about that," he said. "The nine [international] games may seem excessive but the fact that he can't watch a game of football, or train, we are talking about unpleasant things."