FIFA Hammers ‘flesh-eating’ Suarez
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Uruguayan goal poacher, Luis Suarez has been hit hard by world federation FIFA for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the 1-0 win in Natal which took Uruguay, instead of the Azzurri, into the knockout stage of the World Cup.
He has been banned from all football for four months and from Uruguay’s next nine competitive internationals. Suarez has also been fined 100,000 Swiss francs.
The decision was announced this morning in Rio de Janeiro at the standard daily media briefing. Sulser, a former Swiss international striker turned lawyer, said: “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.”
Suarez has a ‘biting’ history with domestic suspensions in Holland and England. Sulser did not say specifically that this record has been taken into account but he did say: “The disciplinary committee took into account all the factors of the case.”
The Uruguayan federation and/or Suarez can appeal to the FIFA appeals commission but, under FIFA disciplinary regulations, the ban would remain in effect during the appeals process.
As an alternative the Urugayans might try to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have the ban frozen while a full appeal was prepared. Liverpool, Suarez’s Premier League club, have no right of appeal. If he remains with the Anfield club then the coming season would be the second in succession he would start while under a biting ban.
However sources close to the Uruguayan camp suggest that a transfer to Barcelona is in the offing. A transfer would not fall within under the terms of the suspensions.
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee said:
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.
The decision was notified to the player and the Uruguayan FA today.
“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. 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,” said Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.