Luis Suarez is to miss the rest of the world cup and the beginning of the Premier League as a result of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during their group D match. A FIFA Disciplinary Committee announced that the Uruguayan is to be banned for 9 international games and also banned from all football activities for the next 4 months.
The official statement issued by FIFA on their website explains the reasoning behind the sanctions:“Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field. The Disciplinary Committee took into account all the factors of the case and the degree of Mr Suárez’s guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Code. The decision comes into force as soon it is communicated,” said Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.
This ban means that altogether since moving to Liverpool Suarez has been banned for a combined 32 games. Suarez received an 8 game ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patreice Evra. A single match ban for a single digit salute to Fulham fans and then a 10 game suspension for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanović. All these games missed and not a red card issued.
The Uruguayan FA have confirmed they will appeal the ban while there have been some rumours that they may refuse to play in Saturdays last 16 round against Colombia. There has been no comment from the player himself since the ban, however the unremorseful stance he took in the interview prior to the match suggests he won’t have taken this news well.
It is rather unfortunate that Liverpool will be deprived of their best player has they look to build on last season’s excellent campaign. Suarez wouldn’t be eligible to play for Liverpool until the 1st of November, however as the ban is for all football activities, Suarez will be unable to train and therefore unlikely to be fit having missed all of pre-season.
There have been rumblings of Suarez possibly moving to Spain to either Barcelona or Real Madrid. Liverpool had been relecutant to sell their prized asset previously but event’s during in this world cup may have changed this. Whether the Spanish giants or any other team would be interested in signing a player who comes with a lot of baggage and who they won’t be able to use until November, really remains to be seen. As does whether Liverpool should decide to sell, would they be able to get the transfer fee someone of Suarez’s abilities commands?