Suarez Is Given Four Month Ban by FIFA
Soccer's world governing body banned Luis Suárez from all soccer activities for four months on Thursday for biting an opponent in Uruguay's 1-0 victory over Italy earlier this week. Suárez, one of the world's most talented, but controversial strikers, will miss the rest of his country's World Cup campaign as well as the early part of the English Premier League season with his club Liverpool.
He was also fined 100,000 Swiss Francs and will be barred from entering any stadium.
'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. Suárez's guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Code. The decision comes into force as soon it is communicated.'
The incident came with about 10 minutes remaining in Tuesday's group-stage finale between Uruguay and Italy. Suárez came together with Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini and appeared to bite him on the left shoulder. The referee missed the incident and took no action, even as Chiellini tugged at his jersey to expose the marks that he accused Suárez of making. After the clash, Suárez sat on the ground grabbing his front teeth.
FIFA immediately opened an investigation and promised swift resolution since Uruguay is due to play in the round of 16 against Colombia in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.