Luis Suarez banned for four months after World Cup biting incident
Suarez will play no further part in the 2014 World Cup for Uruguay
June 26th, 2014
Luis Suarez has played his last match of the World Cup after Fifa acted quickly to ban the Uruguay forward following the biting of Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.
Suarez has been banned for an unprecedented four months following Tuesday’s match between Italy and Uruguay, meaning that the Liverpool player won’t be able to play or train with club or country.
Suárez has also been banned for nine competitive international matches, beginning with Uruguay’s last-16 game with Colombia on Saturday, and fined £66,000.
“Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field,” said Claudio Sulser, the chair of the disciplinary committee, which met late into the night in Rio de Janiero.
“The disciplinary committee took into account all the factors of the case and the degree of Mr Suárez’s guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the code. The decision comes into force as soon it is communicated.”
Suarez has been linked with a move to Barcelona this summer and this ban might signal the end of interest from the Catalan club, with the striker now considering whether to appeal against this ban.
“You shouldn’t forget that we’re rivals of many and we can be for the hosts [Brazil] in the future. This does not go against what might have happened but there’s no doubt that Suárez is a stone in the shoe for many,” said his lawyer Alejandro Balbi.