Fifa bans Luis Suárez for 9 matches

2014-06-26 16:15

Rio de Janeiro – Uruguay striker Luis Suárez has been banned for nine matches by Fifa after being found guilty of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Suárez was also banned from any football-related activity for four months and fined 100 000 Swiss francs (R1.2 million).

"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," Claudio Sulser, chairman of the Fifa Disciplinary Committee, said in a statement.

"The Disciplinary Committee took into account all the factors of the case and the degree of Mr Suarez's guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Code. The decision comes into force as soon it is communicated."

The incident occurred 10 minutes before the end of Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy in their final Group D match in Natal on Tuesday.

Suarez will miss Uruguay's last-16 match against Colombia in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday and will play no further part in the tournament if they progress.

He missed the first match of the tournament due to injury but returned to score twice in Uruguay's 2-1 win over England.

Suarez will not be able to train or attend matches with his English club Liverpool until late October, meaning he will miss at least nine Premier League games and the start of their Champions League campaign.

"Liverpool Football Club will wait until we have seen and had time to review the Fifa Disciplinary Committee report before making any further comment," Liverpool chief executive officer Ian Ayre said on the club's website.

Suarez can appeal against the ban, the longest Fifa has imposed for an offence at a World Cup, but it would remain in place while any appeal was heard, said a Fifa spokesperson.

The previous record ban was eight games on Italy's Mauro Tassotti for breaking the nose of Spain's Luis Enrique in 1994.

Suarez, voted England's Footballer of the Year after scoring 31 Premier League goals for Liverpool last season, has now been involved in three incidents of biting opponents, the other two during league matches in the Netherlands and England.

Suarez was also banned for one match at the last World Cup in South Africa for a deliberate handball that cost Ghana a match-winning goal in a quarter-final.

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