NFL to appeal Tom Brady suspension ruling

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has expressed his disappointment following Thursday's ruling to overturn a four-match ban imposed on Tom Brady.

The New England Patriots star took his case to court following a suspension over the now infamous deflating row and Judge Richard M. Berman overruled the NFL.

Goodell now plans to appeal the decision as outlined in a statement released a short time after the official announcement.

"We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today’s decision," said Goodell.

"We will appeal today’s ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game.

"The commissioner’s responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end.

"While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season.

Brady, 38, will be available for the upcoming season opener with The Patriots against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 11.