RIO DE JANEIRO - FIFA has dismissed appeals by Uruguay and Luis Suarez over the striker's four-month global ban for biting a World Cup opponent.
However amid doubts about the scope of the restrictions on the star goalscorer's activities, Suarez could still take a case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
"The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject appeals lodged by both the Uruguayan player Luis Suarez and the Uruguayan FA," a statement said.
"The terms of the decision taken by the FIFA Appeal Committee were communicated to the player and the Uruguayan FA today."
The FIFA statement said the decision was not binding, meaning the Liverpool star Suarez who is on the verge of a move to Barcelona could appeal to CAS.
Suarez and the Uruguayan Football Association have 10 days to request the full written reasons for the appeal being rejected by FIFA. They can then lodge an appeal with CAS.
FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said that only the arbitration court could decide if the sanctions should be lifted while the appeal is decided.
If the CAS suspends the sanctions, Suarez who bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in a game on June 24 - could play at the start of the season.
But if the ban was then confirmed, he would miss a key part of the European season.
The striker, who has two previous lengthy bans for biting opponents, was thrown out of the World Cup and banned from all football activity for four months.
Suarez was also suspended for nine internationals and fined 100,000 Swiss francs.
He has since made a public apology to Chiellini who has backed his case to be able to play again.
Suarez at first denied to FIFA that he had bitten Chiellini. But he then admitted in his public apology that the Italian "suffered the physical result of a bite".