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10 Match Ban For Suarez After Astonishing Bite Attack On Ivanovic.

Written By Joseph Y. Musa on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | 4/24/2013 04:14:00 pm

Luis Suarez will not play football again until September after he was hit with a 10-match ban for his astonishing bite attack on Branislav Ivanovic.

The striker accepted a charge from the FA for violent conduct on Tuesday but took the bizarre step, backed by his club, of making it clear to the governing body that they will appeal should the  independent disciplinary commission have decided upon a more severe punishment than the standard three-match suspension.

A statement on the FA website said: 'A three-person Independent Regulatory Commission today upheld The FA’s claim that a suspension of three matches was clearly insufficient and the player will serve a further seven first-team matches in addition to the standard three. The suspension begins with immediate effect.
'The Liverpool forward had accepted a charge of violent conduct but had denied The FA’s claim that the standard three-match sanction was insufficient for the offence.
'The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed.
'Suarez has until midday on Friday 26 April to appeal the additional suspension, above the standard three matches.'Liverpool themselves were left shocked by the decision, which sees Suarez banned for two games more than he received after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra in 2011.
The club's managing director Ian Ayre said: '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.'
The latest setback for Suarez means that since 2011, he has been banned for 26 matches, beyond the usual yellow and red cards.
He was hit with seven games at Ajax for biting Otman Bakkal, eight for the Evra incident, one more for flipping the middle finger at Fulham fans, and now 10 for biting again.
The tribunal took past behaviour and previous cases into consideration before reaching a conclusion on Suarez, who was banned for seven games after he bit PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal in November 2010.
Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe escaped a long ban and fine in October 2006 as he was booked after biting Javier Mascherano, then of West Ham. Had Suarez been booked last Sunday, the FA would have still had the power to take him to task as the rules have changed since then.
Having accepted the FA’s charge, Suarez was already set to miss the trip to Newcastle on Saturday, the Merseyside derby at Anfield on May 5 and Liverpool’s visit to Fulham on May 12.
Liverpool were condemned for their stance over Suarez, having already been rebuked for failing to administer their own suspension. The matter has been taken so seriously that the Prime Minister entered the debate on Monday.

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