Luis Suarez is set to appeal his four-month ban from football after appearing to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.
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The Uruguayan FA are set to appeal the four-month ban from football activites and nine match international ban given to star striker Luis Suarez after he appeared to bite Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, according to reports from ESPN.
Suarez seemed to sink his teeth into the Italian defender when the pair tussled in the penalty area during Uruguay’s 1-0 win, a result that sent Oscar Tabarez’s side through to the last sixteen of the World Cup.
The likelihood is that Suarez will not be involved in his side’s secound round clash against Colombia, however, unless his appeal happens to be successful, with FIFA likely to have a timely hearing in an attempt to stop the controversy from overshadowing the tournament.
Uruguay do, however, have three days to lodge their appeal with FIFA – and are likely to take all of the time that they can before doing so in an attempt to delay the hearing until after Saturday’s last sixteen match with Colombia.
Suarez has twice been banned for biting before, but with those incidents occurring in domestic games in The Netherlands and England, this is the first time that it is FIFA who have ruled on one of the Liverpool striker’s tooth-related indiscretions.
It is this that has allowed for Suarez to be banned for both international and domestic football, a decision that cannot be appealed by Liverpool and is likely to leave the Reds seething with their star asset.