Suarez accepts 10 game ban for biting

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Luis Suarez has decided not to appeal against the ten game ban handed to him by the FA for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Liverpool and Suarez had until midday today to appeal against the ban which means the Uruguayan will miss the start of the 2013/14 season, but the FA have now confirmed that option was passed up on.

A statement on the governing body's website read: "Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has not appealed the suspension issued to him by an Independent Regulatory Commission this week.

"A three-person Independent Regulatory Commission upheld The FA's claim that a suspension of three matches was clearly insufficient and the player will now serve a further seven first-team matches in addition to the standard three. 

"The suspension begins with immediate effect and applies to Liverpool FC's next 10 domestic first-team fixtures.

The statement continued: "The FA intends to publicise the Independent Regulatory Commission's written reasons in due course."

Suarez released a statement soon after the decision not to appeal the ban was announced, saying he was 'truly sorry' for his actions.

It read: "I would like to explain to everybody that I decided to accept the ban because whilst 10 games is clearly greater than those bans given in past cases where players have actually been seriously injured, I acknowledge that may actions were not acceptable on the football pitch so I do not want to give the wrong impression to people by making an appeal."

Liverpool fined Suarez, who apologised to Ivanovic soon after the game on Sunday, over the incident, but manager Brendan Rodgers maintains the 26-year-old's ban is excessive.

Others have been quick to weigh into the debate, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said Suarez was 'setting the most appalling example to young people in our country'.

Rodgers suggested yesterday that he felt the length of the ban may be because of his nationality, and admitted today that he wouldn't blame the talismanic striker if he decided to leave Anfield because of the incident.

"This is a guy who I see on a daily basis trying very hard," he said yesterday. 

"His two passions in life are his family and Liverpool Football Club. He throws his life into that. It is part of his make-up – you can't change that – but I genuinely think he is trying to adapt those traits he has grown up with as a kid to life and the culture here. 

"Each time he makes a step forward we find ways to beat him with a stick and beat him down. I can understand if he felt like that [wanting to quit England] in a moment of reflection."

Liverpool play their first game without Suarez on Saturday, when they travel to St James' Park on Saturday to take on Newcastle.

In a statement today, Rodgers moved to put an end to the issue, saying he hoped Suarez would return from the  incident as a 'better person and player'.

"We can't hide our disappointment at the outcome of this situation, but we have to move on and support Luis in his decision," he said.  

"Luis has made a huge contribution to the squad this season and we respect his decision to accept the ban.

"He will be missed for the remainder of this season and the early part of next, but we will have the opportunity to welcome a better person and player when he returns."

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