UPDATE: The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has reached a decision:
Luis Suárez is to be suspended for nine (9) official matches. The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming FIFA World Cup™ fixture between Colombia and Uruguay on 28 June 2014. The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay’s next FIFA World Cup match(es), as long as the team qualifies, and/or in the representative team’s subsequent official matches in accordance with art. 38 par. 2a) of the FDC.
He is also banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four (4) months in accordance with art. 22 of the FDC.
A stadium ban is pronounced against the player Luis Suárez in accordance with art. 21 of the FDC as follows: the player Luis Suárez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban (point 3). The player Luis Suárez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium in which the representative team of Uruguay is playing while he has to serve the nine-match suspension (point 2).
He’s also ordered to pay a fine in the amount of CHF 100,000 (about $111,000 US).
Also, it seems Uruguay’s Soccer Federation cannot appeal the ban/suspension, only the fine, which could mean he’s also banned from playing in the next World Cup. This also affects his status on Liverpool, even if he gets transferred to a different team. He won’t be able to play at all until the end of October. That sounds harsh, but you have to admit he asked for it.
FIFA posted on their website that they have opened an investigation after Luis Suarez ridiculous stunt during Italy and Uruguay’s match yesterday.
FIFA can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the player Luis Suarez of Uruguay following an apparent breach of art. 48 and/or art. 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ match Italy-Uruguay played on 24 June 2014.
I watched that game, and I still can’t believe he tried something as risky and stupid as biting a rival player in the penalty box.
I love how he decided to act like he was hurt after Italy’s Giorgio Chillini falls to the ground to cover up what he’s done. He’s a very good player, so I’m trying to understand the logic behind it. The only explanation I have is he was trying to bait Chiellini into pushing him aside or elbowing him to get awarded a penalty kick, and possibly get Chiellini red carded.
This is the third time (on record) that he has bitten a rival player during a match, and I think he should know better by now after several suspensions.
As much as I like Uruguay, I think Suarez should be suspended immediately. This type of crap could be avoided if FIFA allows the referees to access the replays immediately to make a decision, and it would only take about 30 seconds to a minute of their time.
From now on Suarez will be remembered like this:
Good luck making people forget this ever happened.