Suarez accepts biting charge

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has accepted an FA charge of

violent conduct for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield

on Sunday.

However, Suarez disputes the FA’s belief that the standard ban

of three matches is insufficient in this instance, due to the

severity of his offence.

Suarez will learn his fate on Wednesday, when an Independent

Regulatory Commission, consisting of a chairperson, a former

professional footballer, and a member of the FA Council, will hear

the case.

The 26-year-old Suarez has regularly been embroiled in

controversy since arriving at Liverpool in 2011 and was given an

eight-game ban last season when he was found guilty of racially

abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.

He has been in superb form this term but found himself in

trouble once again when he bit Ivanovic on the arm during the

second-half of Sunday’ Premier League contest.

Apologised subsequently

The officials missed the incident and Suarez went on to score an

extra-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw but he subsequently apologised

to Ivanovic, was fined by Liverpool, and hit with the FA


Suarez was suspended for seven matches in 2010 for biting a

player while playing for Ajax and the FA intend to argue that he

should once again be given a lengthy suspension.

However, an FA statement read: “Suarez has denied the FA’s claim

that the standard punishment of three matches is clearly

insufficient for this offence.

“The incident was not seen by the match officials and has

therefore been retrospectively reviewed.”

Wednesday’s crucial hearing will take place via video conference

and will feature written submissions only, as part of the FA’s fast

track disciplinary process.

There is no standard minimum or maximum punishment for biting in

football’s disciplinary code and Suarez will be entitled to appeal

if he feels any ban is too severe.