Four month ban for Luis Suarez


The Uruguayan was seen biting Giorgio Chiellini during his team’s 1-0 win against Italy – a result which saw the South Americans advance to the knockout stages at the Europeans’ expense.

“Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field," Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, said. 

"The Disciplinary Committee took into account all the factors of the case and the degree of Mr Suárez’s guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Code. The decision comes into force as soon as it is communicated."

The Uruguay FA have not yet indicated whether they will respond, and there has also been no word from Liverpool, for whom the striker missed the first 10 matches of the 2013/14 season after a similar offence on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. 

Given that it is actually Suarez’s third offence of the kind, some people were demanding as much as a life ban, but FIFA have decided four months will suffice. He has also been fined £66 000.

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