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FIFA bans Suarez for 4 months for biting

Published: 
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Uruguay's Luis Suarez looks out from his hotel in Natal, Brazil, on Wednesday, at the World Cup. (AP Photo)

URUGUAY'S ace striker Luis Saurez has been banned by FIFA, the world governing body for the sport, for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 win in the group stage on Tuesday at the World Cup in Brazil.

At a news conference this morning in Brazil, FIFA announced the punishment of its Disciplinary Committee. The punishment will immediately rule him out of the rest of the tournament and the start of the upcoming Premier League season. The ban also covers Uruguay's next nine international games, which goes beyond the next four months and rules him out of next year's Copa America. FIFA also fined the Liverpool striker, who adjudged the English Premiership Player of the Year, 100,000 Swiss francs (US$112,000).

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee found Suarez guilty of biting the shoulder of  Chiellini, but he escaped punishment during the game from the referee, who did not see the incident.
Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee, said in a statement. "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."

Suarez has been banned in the past similar incident while playing for Ajax in the Dutch league and Liverpool in England. During the 2012-2013 English Premiership he was sanctioned with a ten-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

The FIFA ban is effective immediately, meaning Suarez will miss Uruguay's round-of-16 game against Colombia on Saturday.

Read the full report in tomorrow's Guardian.