FIFA hands down most severe ban ever in a World Cup over biting incident
BRAZIL (CNN) – FIFA announced Thursday that Luis Suarez has been banned from nine international matches and suspended for four months from any football activity.
Although Suarez does have a right to appeal, this will be the most severe ban handed out by FIFA in a World Cup ever.
“The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming FIFA World Cup fixture between Colombia and Uruguay in 28 June 2014,” said a FIFA statement. “The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay’s next FIFA World Cup matches, as long as the team qualifies, and/or in the representative team’s subsequent official matches.”
FIFA also confirmed that Suarez is “prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium” during his ban and must pay a fine of $111,000.
Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee,said in a statement, “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.”
This however, isn’t the first time Suarez has gotten in trouble for biting and other illegal activates surrounding the game.
At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Suarez intentionally handled the ball on the goal line to deny Ghana a place in the semifinals of the World Cup.
The next year, he was at it again, when he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.
Luis Suarez’s club team also released a statement after FIFA’s decision, saying, “Liverpool Football Club will wait until we have seen and had time to review the FIFA Disciplinary Committee report before making any further comment.”
Now, Suarez will not get to play in the World Cup but is also looking at the possibility of missing Liverpool’s first nine Premier League games of the season and the start of the Club’s Champions League campaign.