Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been handed a huge four month ban from all forms of football after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on Tuesday evening, reports The Guardian.
The forward has also been given a nine match international ban and been fined £65,800 following the controversial incident in the World Cup clash between Uruguay and Italy.
This is now the third time the Uruguayan has been found guilty of biting an opponent, having previously bitten Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic and PSV's Otman Bakkal.
Fifa have released a statement on the ban, and insisted that his behaviour is unacceptable on the football pitch and cannot be tolerated. The superstar will now miss the rest of this World Cup, with the Uruguayan's set to take on Colombia in the Round of 16 on Saturday evening.
The news will also come as a major blow for Liverpool, with the player now set to miss the start of the 2014/15 campaign. This will be the second consecutive season that the forward will have missed the opener to a Premier League campaign.
The Reds could now lose their star striker until the end of October, as they embark on a Champions League challenge. Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre, meanwhile, has insisted the club will wait until reviews "FIFA Disciplinary Committee report before making any further comment."
The ban is, however, subject to an appeal, but won't be heard until after the Brazil tournament is completed. It remains to be seen as to whether Suarez and Uruguayan officials do go down that route, but this news will no doubt come as a major blow for the player.
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided that:
· The player Luis Suárez is regarded as having breached art. 48 par. 1 lit. d of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) (assault), and art. 57 of the FDC (an act of unsporting behaviour towards another player).
· The player Luis Suárez is to be suspended for nine (9) official matches. 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. The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay’s next FIFA World Cup match(es), as long as the team qualifies, and/or in the representative team’s subsequent official matches in accordance with art. 38 par. 2a) of the FDC.
· The player Luis Suárez is banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four (4) months in accordance with art. 22 of the FDC.
· A stadium ban is pronounced against the player Luis Suárez in accordance with art. 21 of the FDC as follows: the player Luis Suárez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban (point 3). The player Luis Suárez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium in which the representative team of Uruguay is playing while he has to serve the nine-match suspension (point 2).
· The player Luis Suárez is ordered to pay a fine in the amount of CHF 100,000.
The decision was notified to the player and the Uruguayan FA today.
“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 Disciplinary Committee took into account all the factors of the case and the degree of Mr Suárez’s guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Code. The decision comes into force as soon it is communicated,” said Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.
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