Luis Suarez rejected Ballon d’Or invitation because of FIFA punishment

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It seems Luis Suarez has still not forgiven FIFA for handing him a four-month ban after he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

The Uruguayan striker was also handed a nine-match ban by world football’s governing body and, following a long spell on the sidelines, will finally be eligible to play for his national team again later this year.

FIFA offered Suarez an invitation to the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich last week but the Barcelona star declined it, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.


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Suarez had already implied in an earlier interview with Uruguayan newspaper Ovación that he still had hard feelings over the way he was treated after being found guilty of a third biting offence.

The forward had served a seven-match ban in 2010 for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal during his spell with Ajax, and was slapped with a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic while playing for Liverpool three years later.

Is Suarez right to feel like the victim here?

Quite why Suarez feels like a victim is unclear: his conduct in that 2014 World Cup group stage match between Uruguay and Italy in Natal was unacceptable and deserved punishment.

FIFA invited Suarez to the Ballon d’Or ceremony after he was named as the best player of the recent Club World Cup competition in Japan, but the South American clearly feels he was handed an excessive punishment.

"It was a tournament that I was really excited about and I tried not to think about who had organised it,” Suarez was previously quoted as saying by Marca, highlighting his feelings towards FIFA.

Suarez disappointed not to make Ballon d'Or podium?

It’s possible that Suarez may also have felt a little hard done-by after failing to make the podium for the 2015 Ballon d’Or award.

His teammates - and fellow ‘MSN’ members - Lionel Messi and Neymar both made the top three, but Suarez was omitted in favour of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Were FIFA too hard on Luis Suarez - or did he deserve his punishment for biting Giorgio Chiellini? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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