Uruguay’s Football Association says it will appeal against FIFA’s unprecedented four month ban on Luis Suarez.
The Liverpool striker’s World Cup now appears to be well and truly over after he received a nine match international suspension for allegedly biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during a group match.
The sport’s world governing body has also banned him from any football related activity for four months.
Announcing the verdict, FIFA’s disciplinary committee, spokeswoman, Delia Fischer said: “Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch and in particular not at the FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the football field.”
Despite Uruguay’s appeal, Suarez’s suspension will remain in place while any evidence is heard making it highly unlikely he will feature again during this World Cup.
The 27-year-old, voted England’s Footballer of the Year last season, has now been involved in three incidents of biting opponents.
“Liverpool Football Club will wait until we have seen and had time to review the FIFA Disciplinary Committee report before making any further comment,” Liverpool chief executive officer Ian Ayre said on the club’s website.
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
The previous record FIFA suspension was eight games on Italy’s Mauro Tassotti for breaking the nose of Spain’s Luis Enrique during the 1994 USA World Cup.
The latest biting incident occurred 10 minutes from the end of their final Group D match shortly before Diego Godin scored to give the South American champions a 1-0 win to seal Uruguay’s progression and Italy’s elimination from the tournament.
Suarez clashed with Giorgio Chiellini who furiously pulled open his shirt to show the mark to the referee, Mexican Marco Rodriquez, who took no action.
Reuters photographs show what FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee accepted were bite marks on Chiellini’s shoulder and pictures also showed Suarez sitting on the ground holding his teeth immediately after the incident.
Suarez served a 10-match ban last year after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League match and in 2010 he was suspended for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax Amsterdam.
The other major controversy of his career came in 2011 when he was alleged to have racially abused Manchester United’s French defender Patrice Evra during a Premier League match.
He was banned for eight matches and fined 40,000English pounds for that and was then handed a further one-match ban for making a gesture at Fulham fans.