Uruguay to appeal Suarez ban

The controversial striker was slapped with a record nine-match ban for biting.

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez. Picture: Facebook.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - It's now being reported that Uruguay will appeal against a record nine-match ban imposed on striker Luis Suarez.

The South American was also suspended from any football-related activity for four months and fined 100,000 Swiss francs.

This after Fifa found Suarez guilty of breaching the disciplinary code after sinking his teeth into Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on Tuesday.

Thursday's sanction means Suarez won't play for his team in the next round of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The striker has been a key player in the South American side's success at the tournament, scoring two goals against England.

"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," Disciplinary Committee chairperson Claudio Sulser said in a statement.

The incident took place 10 minutes before the end of Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy in their final Group D match in Natal, Brazil.

The troubled player is also prohibited from entering any stadium over the next four months.

NOT FIRST TIME

The controversial striker, who plays club football for English side Liverpool, has been banned for biting twice before.

Suarez's current suspension will have seen the Uruguayan banned for 48 matches since 2010.

While playing for Ajax Amsterdam, he was given a seven-match suspension for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal.

Three years later, the forward was found guilty of biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic and given a 10-match ban.

The suspension will start immediately.

He will therefore miss his team's Round of 16 clash against Colombia.

Suarez is yet to comment on the matter.

Liverpool also released a statement in response to Fifa's decision.

Club Chief Executive Officer Ian Ayre said, "Liverpool Football Club will wait until we have seen and had time to review the Fifa Disciplinary Committee report before making any further comment."

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