Suarez Gets Four Months Ban For Biting More Off Than He Can Chew

FIFA has slapped a four month ban on Luis Suarez as well as other punishments, after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in their World Cup group match.

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Luis Suarez Has Finally Apologised For Biting Chiellini

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has apologised to Giorgio Chiellini for the bite that earned him a nine-match and four-month ban from football.

In a message posted on his official Twitter page, Suarez wrote: "After several days of being at home with my family, I have had the opportunity to regain my calm [sic] and reflect about the reality of what occurred during the Italy-Uruguay match on 24 June 2014.

"I deeply regret what occurred," added Suarez. "I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family. I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this."

Suarez Previously Said That He "Fell" Into Chiellini's Shoulder

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Luis Suarez told FIFA’s disciplinary panel that he did not deliberately bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

“After the impact … I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent,” Suarez wrote in his submission to the panel which met Wednesday, one day after Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 in a decisive group-stage match. “At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth,” Suarez said.

FIFA Has Banned Uruguay Striker Luis Suarez From Any "Football-Related Activity" For Four Months And Nine International Games

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Luis Suárez is suspended for nine matches and banned for four months from any football-related activity.

Luis Suarez has been banned for nine international matches and suspended for four months from any football activity by FIFA.

In an unprecedented move Fifa has banned Uruguay’s Luis Suárez from all “football-related activities” for four months for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, ruling the striker out of the rest of the World Cup and the start of the domestic season – although not a potential move to Barcelona.

The Ban Means That Suarez Will Not Be Able To Participate In Liverpool's First Nine Club Games This Upcoming Season

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He will also miss the first nine games of the Premier League season.

The Liverpool player will not be able to play or train for his club or country for four months after Fifa’s disciplinary committee handed down the hefty sanction, which will be appealed against and has provoked dismay from Uruguay and a guarded response from Anfield.

The Liverpool striker, who has bitten players three times in his career - the latest incident coming in a key World Cup game -- is also set to miss a large chunk of the English Premier season as he is "banned from any football related activity" by football's world governing body.

On Top Of That, Suarez Will Not Be Allowed To Enter Any Football Stadiums Throughout His Ban

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Suarez is also "prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium" during his ban and must pay a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs -- $111,000.

He would also be unavailable for selection for the opening three rounds of the Champions League group stages, and cannot enter a football stadium during his ban.

The Degree Of Punishment Was Handed out Taking Into Account Of Previous Biting Incidents Luis Suarez Was Involved In

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The ban – added to previous penalties for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, mean that Suárez will have been suspended for 48 matches since 2010 without receiving a red card on the pitch.

Suarez has now been found guilty of biting three opponents in his career, and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson felt the suspension should have been longer.

Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce, from Northern Ireland, said the sanction was deserved. “I think the punishment handed out by Fifa to Luis Suárez is fully justified,” he said. “Hopefully he will realise now that behaviour of this type will not be tolerated under any circumstances.’’

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