August 21, 2014
Suárez suspended for nine matches and banned for four months
Uruguay forward Luis Luis Suárez has been suspended for nine matches and banned for four months from any soccer-related activity by FIFA Disciplinary Committee after being found guilty of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during a Group D match on Tuesday. Uruguay announced it will appeal the decision.
“The player Luis Suárez is to be suspended for nine official matches. The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming FIFA World Cup fixture between Colombia and Uruguay on 28 June 2014,” reads FIFA’s media release.
“The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay’s next FIFA World Cup match(es), as long as the team qualifies, and/or in the representative team’s subsequent official matches,” it explains.
Furthermore, the player is banned “from taking part in any kind of football-related activity [administrative, sports or any other] for a period of four months”.
FIFA also prohibits Suárez from “entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban” and orders him to pay a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs (around 111,000 US dollars).
Uruguay announced it will appeal the sanction. The President of the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) Wilmar Valdez described FIFA's decision as "absolutely exaggerated" and said an appeal will be filed at the end of the day.
Valdez considered there was "no sound evidence for such a harsh sanction" and called on FIFA's President Joseph Blatter for a "fair law".
"We have seen more agressive plays in which the tribunal has not been so severe," he added.
Suárez has a record of biting opponents. He has been suspended twice for the same reason in the Netherlands and England.
“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,” FIFA stated.