10-game ban for Suarez
Luis Suarez looks set to be banned until next season for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.
April 24th, 2013
The FA today ruled that the Uruguay striker, who has since apologised for his conduct following Sunday’s 2-2 draw, will be banned for the next ten Liverpool games – four of this season and the first six of next.
A three-person independent panel found today that the original ban levied by the FA was “clearly insufficient” and that, upon further review after the fact (the incident was missed by match officials), the additional seven-match ban will take immediate effect.
Suarez has until midday on Friday to lodge an appeal against the judgment, which if enforced will mean he misses trips to Newcastle and Fulham as well as the Merseyside derby at Anfield and the final home game against QPR.
Aside from the earlier seven-match ban for a similar offence during his time at Ajax, the wayward player has also been banned for racial abuse against Patrice Evra.
Liverpool brass remains optimistic that they will win an appeal, but some fans wish for an end to the professional relationship – something which the club has attempted to distance itself from.