Published Thursday, 26 June 2014
Uruguay's Luis Suarez bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup game. (© Getty)
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The controversial forward has been handed a nine-game international ban and been fined just under £66,000 over the incident, which happened during his side's final group game on Tuesday.
Uruguay won 1-nil over Italy to secure their place in the next round of the competition at their opponents' expense.
The news regarding the punishment was confirmed by FIFA during a briefing in Rio de Janeiro.
"The player Luis Suarez is to be suspended for nine official matches," a statement said.
"The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming FIFA World Cup fixture between Colombia and Uruguay on 28 June 2014."
FIFA clarified that Suarez is banned from any kind of football-related activity for either Uruguay or Liverpool for four months and that he is further banned from entering any stadium during that time.
However, he could be transferred to another club if Liverpool decided to sell him.
Claudio Sulser, the chairman of FIFA's disciplinary committee, said: "Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch and, in particular, not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field."
The punishment, for breaching FIFA's code on assault and unsporting behaviour, is effective immediately and is the third time in Suarez's career that he has been sanctioned for biting a player.
He previously received separate bans of seven and 10 matches, while his latest sanctions will effectively see him forced to sit out the nine games for Uruguay and 12 for Liverpool.
That means he has been banned for 38 matches in total without being red-carded for any of the related offences.
A statement from Liverpool FC said only that the club would wait until they had "seen and had time to review" the FIFA disciplinary committee's report before making further comment.
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