Suarez facing two-year football ban

Published Wednesday, 25 June 2014
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Controversial Uruguayan footballer Luis Suarez could be hit with a huge two-year ban from the game after he was charged by FIFA for appearing to bite an opponent in the crunch tie with Italy.

Suarez facing two-year football ban
Suarez dismissed the incident in interviews. (© Getty)

The Liverpool striker clashed with Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the final Group D game.

The South Americans won the game 1-0 against 10-men Italy in Natal in Brazil.

Replays appear to show the 27-year-old, during a tussle in the box with the defender, bite the player.

Suarez brushed off the incident and defended himself on Uruguayan television.

He said: "These situations happen on the pitch, we were both just inside the area, he struck me in the chest with his shoulder and he hit me in the eye as well.

"These are things that happen on the pitch and you shouldn't attach so much importance to them.

"I'm very happy to have qualified. We are taking each game as it comes, we know that we're in a difficult situation, we're at our limits now."

Chiellini, however, insisted Suarez knew exactly what he was doing and was dismayed he was not sent off.

The 29-year-old told Rai TV: "It was ridiculous not to send Suarez off, it is clear, clear-cut and there was the obvious dive afterwards because he knew very well that he did something that he shouldn't have done."

Suarez and the Uruguayan FA have been given until 9pm on Wednesday to provide evidence to support his case.

FIFA's disciplinary code sets a maximum ban of 24 matches or two years, which would rule Suarez out of Saturday's encounter against Colombia in Rio de Janeiro and any subsequent matches in the World Cup.

Prior to the incident, Suarez had been one of the best players in the competition and for his country despite lacking full match fitness.

FIFA vice-president and former IFA president Jim Boyce said world football's governing body had to tackle the issue "seriously and take whatever action necessary".

Suarez has been banned twice for biting opponents in the past.

He was suspended for 10 matches in 2013 for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, and in 2010 he was given a seven-game ban while playing for Ajax for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal.

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15 Comments
Trust in Me wrote (116 days ago):
Fair deal for all in comber aka delusional liverpool fan. I think u will find through a bit of research that Cantona got a 9 month ban compared to Suarez 4 (ignoringing the international games). Now im not going to say which offence is worse but factor in the following. Cantona kicked a fan once (although i admit he did other things) took his punishment and when he returned had clearly learned his lesson getting booked once before he retired. Suarez bit a player at Ajax got a 7 match ban, racially abused Evra got a 8 match ban, bit Ivanovic got a 10 match ban and now succesfully ( he tried in confederation cup last year) bit chiellini and gets a 9 international match ban and worldwide 4 month ban. He clearly learns nothing and thinks he can do what he wants. A truely world class player no doubt but a poor excuse of a human being. Maybe the harsher the punisment gets the more likely the message rather than his teeth might sink in. Although i do believe he needs mentally assessed as clearly unbalanced with all his biting and constant crying.
fair deal for all in comber wrote (116 days ago):
what about cantona when he kicked a man in the stands, he did not get this much of a ban?was his not worse than this?
Franco in Belfast wrote (117 days ago):
He really needs help, when i said daze it was probably the wrong word but i was making an excuse for him (wrongly) just to ban the guy without offering help is also wrong
JJ in Belfast wrote (117 days ago):
Not that easy to bite someone in football unless they are lying on the ground would be much easier in rugby. Idiot
Iain in Belfast wrote (117 days ago):
Good old Loserpool fans, completely blinkered on Suarez.....as usual. To compare the Italian sending off to what Suarez did is quite laughable.
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