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FIFA bans Suarez for four months

Uruguay striker also fined $112,000 and banned for nine international games after biting Italy defender in Brazil.

Last updated: 27 Jun 2014 07:25
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The ban means that Suarez will miss the rest of the 2014 World Cup [GALLO/GETTY]

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was banned for nine matches by FIFA after being found guilty of biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Suarez's career stats
Year Team Matches Goals
2005-06  Nacional  27 10 
2006-07 Groningen  29  10 
2007-11 Ajax  110  81 
2011- Liverpool  110  69 
2006-07 Uruguay U20
2007-  Uruguay  78  40 
2012  Uruguay Olympic   3

Suarez was also suspended from any football-related activity for four months and fined $112,000.

"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," Claudio Sulser, the chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee, said in a statement.

"The disciplinary committee took into account all the factors of the case and the degree of Mr Suarez's guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Code. The decision comes into force as soon it is communicated."

The incident occurred 10 minutes before the end of Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy in their final Group D match in Natal on Tuesday.

Suarez will miss Uruguay's last-16 match against Colombia in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday and will play no further part in the tournament if they progress.

The 27-year-old, voted England's footballer of the year after scoring 31 Premier League goals for Liverpool last season, has now been involved in three incidents of biting opponents, the other two during league matches in the Netherlands and England.

Suarez was also banned for one match at the last World Cup in South Africa for a deliberate handball that cost Ghana a match-winning goal in a quarter-final.

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