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Luis Suarez banned nine matches, four months by FIFA for bite

Jun 26, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT

FIFA have come down hard on Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez after he was found guilty of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Suarez, 27, has been handed a nine-game ban by soccer’s world governing body and has also been banned for four months from all soccer-related activity. Suarez has also been fined $111,000 for his actions and FIFA has imposed a stadium ban on him.

The Uruguayan star will now miss the rest of the World Cup and will not be able to play in the Premier League for Liverpool, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, until the end of October 2014 at the earliest.

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This ban, although severe, could have been even worse for Suarez as the maximum sentence for his actions was a 24-month ban under FIFA regulations. In their statement released on FIFA’s website Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, had the following to say about Suarez biting  an opposition player for the third-time during his career.

“Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field,” Sulser said. “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.”

In the coming hours we will find out if Suarez and the Uruguayan FA will appeal against the hefty ban, but even if he does appeal, Suarez will not be appeal to return to soccer until the ban is completely overturned.

More details from FIFA can be seen below.

The player Luis Suárez is regarded as having breached art. 48 par. 1 lit. d of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) (assault), and art. 57 of the FDC (an act of unsporting behaviour towards another player).

The player Luis Suárez is to be suspended for nine (9) official matches. The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming FIFA World Cup™ fixture between Colombia and Uruguay on 28 June 2014. The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay’s next FIFA World Cup match(es), as long as the team qualifies, and/or in the representative team’s subsequent official matches in accordance with art. 38 par. 2a) of the FDC.

The player Luis Suárez is banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four (4) months in accordance with art. 22 of the FDC.

A stadium ban is pronounced against the player Luis Suárez in accordance with art. 21 of the FDC as follows: the player Luis Suárez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban (point 3). The player Luis Suárez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium in which the representative team of Uruguay is playing while he has to serve the nine-match suspension (point 2).

The player Luis Suárez is ordered to pay a fine in the amount of CHF 100,000.

[ RELATED: Where does Suarez’s bite rank in WC’s most shocking moments? ]


  1. narfmoo12 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    So does that mean 9 Uruguay games? Four months is more than 9 games if you count Uruguay and Liverpool. Clarification?

    • dohpey28 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      9 official internationals plus the next 4 months of Liverpool activutes and games.

    • narfmoo12 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      Okay… I see … blue box with FIFA’s ruling didn’t show up on my phone at first.

  2. sdelmonte - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    I’m new to this. Does Liverpool have to do what FIFA says? And if so, can they void his contract if they don’t want him around?

    • ridingwithnohandlebars - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      Why would they want to void his contract? The guy can play. They just need to get his biting problem resolved.

      • sdelmonte - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        I think that if he hasn’t gotten it resolved by now, he’s not going to get it resolved. But again, I don’t really know how troubled players are treated in soccer. That’s why I ask.

  3. witchrunner - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    This sicko is getting off very light. In a lot of sports it’s 3 strikes and you’re out. Since this is the third time, he should be banned for the max, and those 3 players should be allowed tie him down and get 3 free kicks in his choppers to make sure he doesn’t do it again.

    • iidrim944 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      In what sports is it three strikes? NFL you can’t smoke pot but you can murder and beat others and come back. NBA turns a blind eye to all (unless it’s small markets) baseball perhaps (although again selective about punishment) gets it. Needs a long ban no doubt, but there has been and will be worse.

      • twerkslikeMiley - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        Umm…the NFL’s Josh Gordon facing a full year suspension for what I believe is strike # 2.

        Saurez gets a slap on the wrist essentially.

      • witchrunner - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        In the US it’s mostly 3 drug test failures and your gone. Admittedly, except for Mike Tyson, I don’t recall anyone biting someone else, at least not on the professional level. And I doubt boxing would have put up with Tyson if he continued to bite.

    • granadafan - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      LOL at people saying “Three strikes and you’re out”. This is soccer. FIFA don’t know baseball terms or what three strikes means. Besides FIFA is an absolute joke when it comes to doling out punishment.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      I bite someone at my work once, I am fired and will have difficulty locating a new job.

      “Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch,”

      – clearly these clowns are not serious about this because he (Suarez) has done this three times now.

      Joke of a federation

  4. cruzich - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Too light.

  5. txbearmeat - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Yep. Too light.

    On the bright side, if you’re the betting type, it’s time to put down some serious money on Colombia!

  6. midtec2005 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Not too light.

    He bit someone, he didn’t threaten their career. Year long bans like some are longing for should be reserved for people like Nigel De Jong or Roy Keane, who break peoples legs on purpose.

    • witchrunner - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      You need to look up what human bites can do. It can be very dangerous.

      The thing is, biting isn’t even a pretense of being part of the game. Sure, one can perform a kick that cripples someone else and make it look like it’s part of the game. And if it is determined to be done on purpose, then consequences should follow. And we’re not talking about someone who has just “bit someone.” We’re talking about someone who has “bit three someones.” Maybe that’s normal in your world. But……

      • midtec2005 - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        I get what your saying. I just think there’s no excuse for giving someone a ban for biting, that’s longer than the bans people get for more egregious offenses. Personally, I think De Jong in particular should have been banned for life. He’s a multiple offender of something much worse.

    • scoochpooch - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Midtec. I would agree if this was the first offense, but it’s his 3rd biting offense and 5th ridiculous act when you add the handball and Era situations as well. This doesn’t even take into account his diving every match (though it less prolific this past year).

  7. peopletrains - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    This is what he should have gotten for the first bite.

  8. twerkslikeMiley - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    “FIFA have come down hard on Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez after he was found guilty of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.”

    Came down hard? Are you joking? This is a slap on the wrist.

  9. creditrepairmike - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Pathetic should have been thrown out of the game for the max 2 years. Great player but has problems that need to be resolved.

    • shadowshand - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Great players don’t bite people.

      • twerkslikeMiley - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        No, he’s a great player. Top 3 in the world.

      • scoochpooch - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        Ah sorry, top 3 = you’re dreaming.
        He had 1 goal in 8 matches against England’s Big 4. Those are the teams he’ll be facing/not facing in the Champions League. Scoring 31 goals was amazing but doing so against the other 15 dwarves is not unbelievable.

  10. pippakin - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Reblogged this on Pippakin Around the World and commented:
    its not long enough but I suppose it could have been worse and the savage could have got away with it.

    • granadafan - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Who cares about your blog? Just post what you have to say on THIS blog.

      • Matthew - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        *reads Pippakin’s comment…then reads Granadafan’s reply* Granda, who the hell died and made you God of the Realm here?

  11. scoochpooch - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    I would have liked to see him banned for the complete 2014-15 EPL season, so that he would have missed the Champions League, which he’s been whining about for years.
    He’d ultimately have to leave the Liverpool Red Sox because they won’t be seeing CL for a bunch of years after this one.

  12. sabatimus - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Pathetic. He should be GONE.

  13. vikinggroininjury - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    I’m surprised someone hasn’t punched those bunny teeth of his out yet. 3 times? he deserves it.

  14. beavertonsteve - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    I’d love to see some criminal charges that would inhibit his ability to travel and get visas. I’m sure there’s lots of great things he could still enjoy doing in Uruguay though.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      He needs to chill out and they just made chilling out legal there.

  15. jburns9999 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    He’s lucky. Third bite? A dog would be put down.

  16. mattmarriott - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Double talk: Headlines are “suspendend for 4 months”. In fact script is going on as explained from the first moment by Last Prophet:

    Luis Suarez Bites Chiellini – ALL staged by Illuminati Grand Master.
    Suarez was banned for 7 matches the first time he has bitten another player, for 10 matches the second time. So now Suarez gets the maximum punishment, a two-Year Ban, right?
    Wrong. Now he will get the impossible sentence: ZERO matches ban.
    In other words; Suarez wiil play for Uruguay at the next World Cup match, the last 16 round.

    Because unlike the two previous bites the third one is TOTALLY staged with these actors: Suarez, Chiellini and the referee.
    Uruguay’s striker Suarez – The impossible sentence: ALL explained in advance.
    Search for impossible result at:
    MAY ARCHIVE ** end-time-signs.blogspot

    • mattmarriott - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Script is going on as explained from the first moment by Last Prophet.
      Detail: Instead of the impossible sentence Suarez is indeed banned from the World Cup.
      This allows Suarez to play the victim role before his sentence will be canceled shortly after the end of the World Cup:
      – Suarez celebrated as hero by the illuminati puppet playing “president of Uruguay, first country to legalize marijuana trade”.
      – Actor Chiellini plays his role: “I already forgot about it, Suarez should have not been punished so hard”.

  17. meleliko - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    He should be held down and let the opposing team kick his teeth out. Reprehensible behavior.

  18. mrhyperpants - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Good job. This idiot should of been banned like this last time.

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