The Football Association has confirmed that Liverpool's top scorer Luis Suarez has been hit with a whopping 10-match ban after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
The Uruguayan was caught by television cameras during the match, biting into the arm of the defender in the second half of the match which ended in a 2-2 draw at Anfield after Suarez himself scored the last-minute equaliser.
Suarez has accepted the charge but has rejected the FA's notion that the ban should be more than the common suspension of three matches. Suarez has been banned for a similar incident when he was playing for Ajax, but that was for seven matches, after which he never played for Ajax again as he transferred to Liverpool.
Some might argue that a 10-match ban is too long but, analysing his past record on a similar incident, it definitely is not too long a ban to serve.
No one knows what triggered Suarez to act in the disgraceful way that he did. Even he has apologised for the error of his ways, while the club has informed the public that they do not condone such behaviour from their players.
Other lengthy bans received from players have been Joey Barton's 12-game suspension for violent misconduct and Paul Davis's nine-game ban for punching an opponent. Using these two comparative examples, as they fit into the FA's category of violent conduct, Suarez's ban seems perfectly justifiable.
Given that this has been his second charge for a similar act, it is probably justified that his ban is for 10 games as he has faced punishment for this act before and if he has not learnt from it previously - hopefully he will do so now.
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