Suarez gets 10-game ban for biting player in arm
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for 10 matches by the
English Football Association on Wednesday for biting an opponent
during a Premier League match, ruling him out for the rest of the
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said Suarez and the club
were ”shocked and disappointed” at the punishment.
The FA said in a statement that a three-man independent panel
ruled that the regular suspension of three games for violent
conduct was ”clearly insufficient” after Suarez bit Chelsea
defender Branislav Ivanovic on the upper right arm during the 2-2
draw at Anfield on Sunday. He wasn’t sent off because the referee
didn’t see the bite, which was reviewed later.
Suarez has until Friday to appeal against the seven games added
to his sanction.
”We await the written reasons tomorrow before making any
further comment,” Ayre said in a Liverpool statement.
Suarez admitted to biting Ivanovic and apologized to him after
the match. He also received a fine from Liverpool and was rebuked
by the government on Monday.
It’s not his first biting offense. He was banned for seven
matches in 2010 for biting the collarbone of a PSV Eindhoven player
in the Dutch league, earning the nickname ”Cannibal of Ajax.”
He was suspended for eight games in December 2011 for making
racist insults toward Manchester United defender Patrice Evra
during a match.