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Thursday 17 April 2014

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez accepts 10 game suspension

Luis Suarez has accepted his 10-match ban imposed for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, the Football Association has announced.

The Liverpool striker had been given two days to decide whether to appeal against the sanction imposed after the incident during the 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday but has not done so.

It means the Uruguay international will miss Liverpool's last four games of this season and, if he is still at the club, the next six domestic games of next season - potentially the start of October.

The FA said in a statement: "Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has not appealed the suspension issued to him by an independent regulatory commission this week.

"A three-person independent regulatory commission upheld the FA's claim that a suspension of three matches was clearly insufficient and the player will now serve a further seven first-team matches in addition to the standard three.

"The suspension begins with immediate effect and applies to Liverpool FC's next 10 domestic first-team fixtures.

"The FA intends to publicise the independent regulatory commission's written reasons in due course."

Luis Suarez fact file

1987: Born January 24 in Salto, Uruguay.

2005: Makes professional debut with Montevideo club Nacional, scoring 12 goals in 29 games in his one and only season in South America.

2006: Signs for Dutch side FC Groningen and fires 10 goals in 29 appearances for the club.

2007: February 8 - Makes debut for Uruguay against Colombia and is sent off in the 85th minute.

August - Joins Ajax in a deal reportedly worth 7.5million euros.

2008: Ends debut season in Amsterdam with 17 goals in 33 Eredivisie games.

2009: May - Suarez nets 22 goals in 31 league appearances for Ajax.

November - Part of the Uruguay side which books the final place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with a 2-1 aggregate win over Costa Rica.

2010: May - Enjoys his most prolific season in Holland yet, with 35 goals in 33 Eredivisie matches.

June - Scores three goals to help Uruguay reach the quarter-finals but is then sent off for a goal-line handball against Ghana in the last eight. Ghana miss the resulting penalty before Uruguay go on to triumph in a shoot-out. Without Suarez in the line-up, Uruguay lose to Holland in the semi-finals.

November - Banned for seven matches after being found guilty of biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal.

2011: January 28 - Liverpool agree a deal worth up to #22.8million with Ajax for Suarez.

February 2 - Scores on his Liverpool debut in a 2-0 victory over Stoke at Anfield.

July - Scores four goals and is named player of the tournament as Uruguay win Copa America.

October 15 - Manchester United defender Patrice Evra makes an allegation that Suarez racially abused him during the 1-1 draw between Liverpool and United.

November 17 - Suarez is charged by the Football Association with racially abusing Evra following a month-long investigation.

December 7 - Charged with improper conduct following a gesture to fans as he left the pitch following the 1-0 defeat at Fulham.

December 20 - The FA ban Suarez for eight matches and fine him #40,000 for the Evra incident. Liverpool issue a strongly-worded statement in defence of the player.

December 28 - Suarez banned for one match and fined #20,000 after admitting improper conduct charge relating to his gesture towards Fulham fans.

January 3 - Liverpool decide not to appeal against Suarez's eight-match ban.

February 6 - Returns to the Liverpool side as a substitute in a goalless draw with Tottenham.

February 11 - On his return to the first XI, appears to refuse to shake Evra's hand before going on to score in Liverpool's 2-1 loss to Manchester United. Afterwards, Sir Alex Ferguson says he is "a disgrace to Liverpool Football Club", adding: "I would get rid of him if I were them."

February 12 - Apologises for his refusal to shake Evra's hand.

August 7 - Signs new long-term contract with Liverpool.

October 28 - Celebrates a goal against Everton by diving in front of Toffees boss David Moyes, who had earlier claimed that "divers" such as Suarez were putting fans off the English game.

2013: January 6 - Scores a goal against Mansfield, which proves to be the winner, with a handball in the build-up going unpunished.

January 17 - Admits diving during a game against Stoke earlier in the season.

March 26 - Appears to hit out in direction of Gonzalo Jara's face during Uruguay's 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat against Chile. Escapes punishment.

April 21 - Bites Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the arm before going on to score equaliser in 2-2 draw at Anfield. Apologises for his "inexcusable behaviour" soon after the match.

April 22 - Fined by club and charged by the FA with violent conduct for Ivanovic incident. Pledges to donate money to Hillsborough Family Support Group. Managing director Ian Ayre issues statement saying the club want Suarez to see out his contract, which runs until summer 2016.

April 24 - Handed 10-game ban by an independent regulatory commission for biting Ivanovic, confirmed by the FA.

April 26 - Liverpool opt not to appeal the 10-game ban for biting.

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