Luis Suarez has been banned for 10 games by the FA this afternoon – for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday afternoon, in front of a worldwide TV audience.
Luis Suarez – yummy yummy
That seems to us a reasonable sentence for a guy who bit a PSV player in 2010 while he was at Ajax, and he got a seven match ban for that, so a stiffer penalty this time seems in order.
And of course it means he misses the game against Newcastle United on Saturday – which is good news for us because he is a great player – and he will also miss the first six games of next season.
This is what the FA Statement said:
“Luis Suarez has been suspended for a total of ten matches after an Independent Regulatory Commission today ruled on a charge of violent conduct.”
“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.” (good)
“This follows an incident with Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in Sunday’s fixture at Anfield.” “The Liverpool forward had accepted a charge of violent conduct but had denied The FA’s claim that the standard three-match sanction was insufficient for the offence.”
“The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed – click here for a video explanation of ‘not seen incidents’.”
“Suarez has until midday on Friday 26 April to appeal the additional suspension, above the standard three matches.”
The Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre said the club were shocked at the severity of the ban:
“Both the club and player are shocked and disappointed at the severity of today’s Independent Regulatory Commission decision,” “We await the written reasons tomorrow before making any further comment.”
The sentence seems to us to be appropriate, and why would Liverpool appeal the ban, if Suarez has already done this stuff before and received a seven match ban for it in November, 2010 – he obviously didn’t learn his lesson.
What do you think?
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