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FIFA bans Uruguay's Luis Suarez for 9 games and 4 months for biting opponent at World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - FIFA banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months on Thursday for biting an opponent at the World Cup, a punishment that rules 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 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000).

Suarez ban explained

Suarez bit the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 win in the group stage, but escaped unpunished as the referee did not see the incident.

"Such behavior 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.

This is the third time Suarez has been banned for biting an opponent after similar incidents with Ajax in the Dutch league and Liverpool. He was given a 10-match ban by the Premier League for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic toward the end of the 2012-13 season.

The FIFA ban is effective immediately, meaning Suarez will miss Uruguay's round-of-16 game against Colombia on Saturday. By banning Suarez from all football activities, FIFA also prohibited Suarez from even entering a stadium at the World Cup. It also stops him from even training with Liverpool until the ban ends in late October.

"He cannot be actively involved" with a club, FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said.

Suarez and the Uruguay football federation can appeal the sanctions, though Liverpool could not be formally involved in any legal challenge, Fischer said.

The four-month ban includes Liverpool's first three Champions League group-stage games in the five-time European champion's return after a five-year absence. Suarez will also miss the first nine matches of the Premier League.

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billcdaly June 26 2014 at 10:40 AM

Considering this was his 3rd bite - way too lenient. Ban for life would have been more appropriate.

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taebets June 26 2014 at 10:43 AM

This guy's behavior at his age and this stage of the game is in excusable! Get him out of the game . He has been getting away with this too long.

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pap.724 June 26 2014 at 10:44 AM

And WHY is he still involved at ALL> should be banned from playing professionally completely for at least a yr. until he gets some therapy. He is just like any other little kid who bites. Maybe someone needs to bite him back. lol.

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lskkma pap.724 June 26 2014 at 11:10 AM

He keeps up this crap and someday he will bite the wrong person. THat person will punch his lights and his teeth out.

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bambi4318.barbara lskkma June 26 2014 at 11:54 AM

He should have been punched out before now.

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CMTATTER June 26 2014 at 10:44 AM

Put him in a ring with Mike Tyson and let them bit it out!

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cjgmaj June 26 2014 at 10:42 AM

He got off lightly, I would have given him min of 1 year and perhaps even requested a new game played between the 2 teams.

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Jim June 26 2014 at 10:54 AM

Ban the sucker for LIFE. Don't you realize this is the 3rd time he's done this?

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Barry Harris Jim June 26 2014 at 11:08 AM

Anyone who does it once should be banned for life and charged with assault.

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Marie Brown Barry Harris June 26 2014 at 11:35 AM

A bite like that can transfer the aids virus.

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timeisinhishands June 26 2014 at 10:47 AM

The guy who got bit should have punched this guys teeth out, this way he wont have to be concerned about repeated assaults

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rosi timeisinhishands June 26 2014 at 11:02 AM

That thought crossed my mind as well. What if this guy had No Teeth? I guess that would
end his Dracula-like attitude!

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Saoirse June 26 2014 at 10:51 AM

Lifetime ban........much too lenient.

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dkalasek Saoirse June 26 2014 at 9:23 PM

this is his 3rd offense. why isn't he banned for life from any contact sport?

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tylergalleriesrs June 26 2014 at 10:45 AM

He should be charged with crimial assault.

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rozenm1005 tylergalleriesrs June 26 2014 at 1:31 PM

or have all his teeth extracted :)

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johnb5137 June 26 2014 at 10:59 AM

Soccer, the only sport were an adult male can bite another adult male multiple times and it's ok.
"Such behavior cannot be tolerated on any football pitch and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup.
Uh shouldn't he be thrown out of soccer. FIFA is stupid.

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