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Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (R) puts his hand to his mouth after clashing with Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014. Uruguay won 1-0. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini shows an apparent bitemark by Uruguay forward Luis Suarez during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014. Uruguay won 1-0. AFP PHOTO/ YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini clutches his shoulder after clashing with Uruguay forward Luis Suarez during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014. Uruguay won 1-0. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (R) puts his hand to his mouth after clashing with Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014. Uruguay won 1-0. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez puts his hand to his mouth after clashing with Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014. Uruguay won 1-0. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini (C) shows an apparent bitemark by Uruguay forward Luis Suarez during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014. Uruguay won 1-0. AFP PHOTO/ YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini (R) shows an apparent bitemark by Uruguay forward Luis Suarez to Uruguay's midfielder Gaston Ramirez (L) during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014. Uruguay won 1-0. AFP PHOTO/ YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luiz Suarez celebrates after team-mate Raheem Sterling's goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on March 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates after he scores the fourth goal of the game for his side during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates after he scores the fourth goal of the game for his side during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 24: Luis Suarez of Uruguay reacts after a clash with Giorgio Chiellini of Italy during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini (R) attempts to show a bite mark by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez as Uruguay midfielder Gaston Ramirez pulls his shirt up during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014. Uruguay won 1-0. AFP PHOTO/ DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 24: Luis Suarez of Uruguay reacts after a clash during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Uruguay's Luis Suarez looks out from his hotel in Natal, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. On Thursday, June 26, 2014, FIFA banned Suarez for 9 games and 4 months for biting an opponent at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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By Graham Dunbar
GENEVA (AP) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport could rule on Luis Suarez's appeal against his biting ban before the Spanish league season starts.

CAS said Friday that Suarez, the Uruguay federation and Barcelona have filed a request for a fast-track appeal against FIFA's ban for nine competitive international matches and four months from all soccer.

"It is likely that a final award will be rendered well before the end of August," the court said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The Spanish league season begins the weekend of Aug. 23-24, when Barcelona hosts Elche.

FIFA must also agree to a fast-track procedure. No hearing dates have been agreed to, the court said.

Arbitrators have also yet to be appointed to judge the case. In typical appeals to CAS, both sides and the court each choose one lawyer on the three-member panel.

FIFA's sanctions imposed on Suarez also included a fine of $112,000 for biting the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in a group match at the World Cup.

Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 with a goal scored one minute after Suarez's bite was missed by the match officials. The South Americans advanced to the second round, but without their star striker, they were easily beaten by Colombia.

FIFA's disciplinary panel imposed the ban June 26.

In his submission to that hearing, Suarez wrote that he did not deliberately bite Chiellini, but had lost balance and fell with his mouth open on the Italian's shoulder.

Suarez later apologized, and Chiellini accepted.

The ban currently expires Oct. 25, the same weekend that Barcelona is due to visit Real Madrid in the first "clasico" of the season.

Because Suarez is barred from all "football-related activity," he cannot train with his new club, which he joined from Liverpool this month.

If Suarez loses his appeal, he will also miss three Champions League group matches.

Uruguay's next competitive match is at the Copa America, which kicks off in June 2015 in Chile.

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