Thursday 12 December 2019

FIFA reject Luis Suarez bite appeal

Luis Suarez's ban has been upheld by FIFA
Luis Suarez's ban has been upheld by FIFA

FIFA has rejected an appeal by Luis Suarez and the Uruguay Football Federation against his four-month ban from all football activities for biting an opponent.

The appeal was lodged against the sanctions imposed on the Liverpool striker by FIFA's disciplinary committee for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini. They included a nine-match international ban plus a 100,000 Swiss franc fine.

FIFA head of media Delia Fischer told a news conference in Rio de Janeiro: "The FIFA appeal committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by both the Uruguayan player Luis Suarez and the Uruguayan FA, and to confirm the decision rendered by the FIFA disciplinary committee on June 25 2014 in its entirety.

"The terms of the decision taken by the FIFA appeal committee were communicated to the player and the Uruguayan FA today."

Both the player and the AUF can make a further appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The four-month suspension will remain in place though Suarez is expected to complete his £75m move to Barcelona within the next 48 hours.

Negotiations between Liverpool and Barcelona are highly advanced, and the only other delay has been over the schedule of payments, but the forward is expected to be presented by the Spanish giants in the next few days.

Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, is focusing on strengthening his squad regardless of Suarez's imminent departure, and is expected to complete the signing of Serbian international Lazar Markovic today.

The Benfica winger flew to England last night and will undergo a medical at Melwood before completing the formalities of the deal. Markovic has a buy-out clause in his contract and he will join Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can as the latest new arrival on Merseyside.

Davies has now emerged as a realistic target after Liverpool made an inquiry to the Welsh club yesterday. Davies is also wanted by Tottenham Hotspur, but Rodgers is weighing up a raid on his former club to solve what has proved a problematic position. Both Liverpool and Spurs are prepared to meet the £10m valuation for the Wales international, who is in Chicago with the Swansea squad.

Liverpool are also confident of signing Divock Origi, the Belgium international, after holding initial talks yesterday. The 19-year-old will cost around £10m from Lille but the Ligue 1 club have insisted he goes back on loan next season as part of the deal.

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