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.