Suarez accepts biting charge
Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has accepted an FA charge of
violent conduct for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield
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 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.
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.