Thursday 14 December 2017

Luis Suarez gets 10 game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic

Luis Suarez, pictured, has received support from former team-mate Albert Luque
Luis Suarez, pictured, has received support from former team-mate Albert Luque
21 April: Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic shows his arm to referee Kevin Friend after Liverpool's Luis Suarez apparently bit the defender's arm during their Premier League clash at Anfield. Suarez stayed on the pitch after the incident and then went on to score a late equaliser for the home side.
April 2013 – Appears to bite Branislav Ivanovic on the arm but escapes punishment on the pitch as the referee fails to see it, and scores Liverpool’s equaliser seven minutes into stoppage time as they draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Anfield.

LIVERPOOL striker Luis Suarez has been banned for 10 matches for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, the Football Association has announced

The sanction was imposed today by an independent regulatory commission on a charge of violent conduct against the Liverpool striker.

An FA statement 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."

Suarez has until midday on Friday to appeal the additional suspension.

In a statement, Liverpool's managing director Ian Ayre said the club was "shocked and disappointed" by the suspension.

"Both the club and player are shocked and disappointed at the severity of today's Independent Regulatory Commission decision," said managing director Ian Ayre.

"We await the written reasons tomorrow before making any further comment."

The 10-game ban is harsher than the eight-match suspension handed to Suarez in December 2011 for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, and significantly more than the four-game ban given to Chelsea captain John Terry last year for racist abuse.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton was given a 12-game ban last season, for a red card and violent conduct towards three players.

In 2006, the FA banned Manchester City's Ben Thatcher for eight matches for an elbow incident that left Portsmouth's Pedro Mendes unconscious.

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