Suárez bite ban appeal rejected

Published Thursday, 10 July 2014
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FIFA has rejected an appeal by Luis Suárez and the Uruguay Football Federation against his four-month ban from all football activities for biting an opponent during his country's World Cup clash against Italy.

Suárez bite ban appeal rejected
Suárez could leave Merseyside for Barcelona. (© Getty)

The Liverpool striker was also banned for nine international matches and handed a £66,000 fine for biting Giorgio Chiellini.

In Rio on Thursday, FIFA head of media Delia Fischer told a news conference: "The FIFA appeal committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by both the Uruguayan player Luis Suárez and the Uruguayan FA, and to confirm the decision rendered by the FIFA disciplinary committee on 25 June in its entirety.

"The terms of the decision taken by the FIFA appeal committee were communicated to the player and the Uruguayan FA today."

She added: "The relevant decision is not yet final and binding, i.e. an appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport is still possible by the player and/or the Uruguayan FA, subject to certain conditions."

The disciplinary committee's initial decision took into account there had been no remorse from Suárez, and the fact it was the third time he had been involved in biting an opponent.

After lodging his appeal, Suárez issued a formal apology to Chiellini and vowed never to bite anyone again.

The player was sent home from the World Cup in disgrace and faces being out of club football until the end of October, during which time he will not be allowed to train with a club.

FIFA has confirmed that the ban will not stand in the way of any transfer to Barcelona, who are close to agreeing a deal with Liverpool, nor of Suárez having a medical at a prospective new club.

During a recent visit to the region to accept an honour from the University of Ulster, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers refused to discuss the controversy.

© UTV News
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