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Suaréz handed 10-game ban for bite

Apr 24, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

Luis Suarez was banned 10-games for biting Ivanovic. Can he now blame the Bats at Anfield? Getty Images

Breaking news from across the pond this morning, as Liverpool striker Luis Suaréz has been banned for 10 EPL games.

The ban will kick in with immediate effect as Suaréz will not play again this season, and will also miss the first six games of the 2013-14 EPL campaign.

An Independent Regulatory Commission ruled that Suaréz’ bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in Sunday’s draw with Chelsea, warranted an extra seven game ban.

Liverpool’s managing director Ian Ayre released the following statement on the club’s website: “Both the club and player are shocked and disappointed at the severity of today’s Independent Regulatory Commission decision. We await the written reasons tomorrow before making any further comment.”

Liverpool Football Club and Luis Suaréz now have until noon UK time on Friday to appeal the charge. If the appeal is unsuccessful, Suaréz could face an even longer ban. Suaréz accepted the initial violent conduct charge given to him but the English FA on Tuesday afternoon, but denied that he should get a ban of more than three games for his actions.

Suaréz has now been involved in a long-line of unsavory incident in his career. In November 2010 the Uruguayan was given a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal. Then in October 2011 he allegedly used a racially slur against Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and was found guilty and handed an eight match ban.

His latest ban is sure to strain his relationship with Liverpool further, as they are now without their top scorer for the remainder of this season, and the start of the next campaign.

Whether Suaréz will stay at Anfield and in the EPL remains to be seen, but the last time he was given a lengthy ban for biting an opponent, it lead to him leaving Ajax and joining Liverpool.

Now, Suaréz is under intense pressure to leave Liverpool after yet another blot on his copybook.

  1. anythingbutyanks - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Obviously Suarez is an outstanding footballer, but otherwise it galls me nearly as much as the bite itself that his club is “shocked” and “disappointed” at the “severity” of the discipline handed down. If the opposition on the pitch where not better men than Suarez, he would have long ago suffered career ending injuries from retaliation for his persistent illegal and vile behavior. Frankly, 10 matches is a lite penalty for a player who does not belong on the pitch at all. The club needs to accept the ruling as fair and take their own measures to get Suarez’ behaviors under control in the interim.

    • nesuperfan - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      ““Both the club and player are shocked and disappointed at the severity of today’s Independent Regulatory Commission decision.” Frankly, he is lucky he is not going to prison. That type of attack goes beyond “the heat of the game”.

  2. chadmoon1 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Well deserved. Had to be longer than the 7 match ban given to him in Holland for the same offense. This moron doesn’t learn from his own mistakes. And you can’t even call it a mistake, as it was obviously done with intent. Twice.

    • Mike Prindiville - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      10 was the correct call.

      The ban had to be more than the 7 match ban he received in Holland for biting. But that being said, anything more than 10 would have been egregious. Yes, the intent of the incident was appalling but it didn’t leave Ivanovic with any injury, let alone a shattered leg or something serious that would have kept him out of the game.

      For all the crap people give the FA (myself included), I think they got this one just about right.

  3. mazblast - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    This is one of those clear-cut cases in which any appeal should be responded to with MORE time off. Liverpool would have been better off saying, “There’s no excuse for what he did. We’re satisfied with the suspension handed down.”

  4. schlom - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    So if you do this: http://www.soccer-blogger.com/2013/03/17/video-callum-mcmanaman-haidara-challenge-mcmanaman-tackle-on-massadio-haidara-nufc-wigan-2013/ you get no suspension (in fact it isn’t even a foul!).

    Or you can do this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRM4i9YDias and get no suspension.

    Yet biting someone is worth 10 games. Nice message the FA is sending.

  5. dumbassgreg - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    liverpool needs to send the guy where will feel right t home italy. he is a cheater,liar,racist. simple minded cannibal. he would fit right in italy. imagine can well also lmao

  6. hdpeak - May 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Liverpool still did very well without suarez:

    http://www.hdpeak.net/2013/05/liverpool-vs-qpr-video-highlights-19-5.html

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