RIO DE JANEIRO (SportingAlert) — Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been suspended for four months and nine matches by FIFA and fined, following his biting incident during a World Cup group match against Italy this week.
Replays showed the controversial striker biting Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini during his team’s 1-0 win in Tuesday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Group D last game.
Suarez was found guilty by FIFA, who outlined that the Liverpool forward is barred from taking part in “any football activity” for four months, while stating that the nine match suspension is for international duties with Uruguay.
“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,” FIFA said in a statement.
“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 news means that Suarez will take no further part in this year’s FIFA World Cup and will miss Uruguay’s last 16 clash against Colombia. He is also slapped with a stadium ban as well.
The statement added: “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).”
FIFA said the ban begins today, which will see Suarez unavailable for Liverpool until November.