Star man banned for vicious bite on Italian international.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been slapped with a nine-game, four-month ban for his bite on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on Tuesday night.
DISCIPLINARY: Uruguay’s Luis Suarez suspended for 9 matches & banned for 4 months from any football-related activity.
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) June 26, 2014
FIFA confirmed the ban on their Twitter account and the ban will be effective immediately, meaning he will miss the remainder of Uruguay’s World Cup campaign.
The ban also means he will miss the start of Liverpool’s Champions League campaign, but won’t put his potential move to Barcelona in danger as he will still be allowed to transfer clubs.
This is the third time that the striker has sank his teeth into an opponent having already done so at Ajax, and again at Liverpool when he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Alongside the ban he has also been fined £65,000 and even if he does decide to appeal, which he likely will, he will be ruled out of Saturday’s game against Colombia.
His four-month ban also means he will not even be allowed into a football stadium throughout the duration.
Should he stay at Liverpool his first game back will be against Newcastle United on November 1, and his second will be against Chelsea at Anfield.
If Suarez’s four-month ban is upheld and he misses Liverpool’s first 13 matches*, he’ll have been banned for 19.3% of the club’s matches since signing – none of which will have been for a red card.
*First nine Premier League games, one League Cup game, three Champions League games before October 26th.
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