Luis Suarez have been handed a ten match ban following the Independent Regulatory Commission’s hearing of his ‘inexcusable’ and astonishing bite of Branislav Ivanovic at the weekend.
The ban implies that Suarez will not play football again until September.
The striker accepted a charge from the FA for violent conduct on Tuesday, however, considered anything other than the standard three- match suspension to be severe punishment, claiming with the backing of his club, they will appeal such decision.
“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,” a statement on the FA website reads.
“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 therefore been retrospectively reviewed.
“Suarez has until midday on Friday 26 April to appeal the additional suspension, above the standard three matches.”
Liverpool are shell-shocked over the fact that Suarez’s recent ban is two matches more than the punishment melted on the player when he was found guilty over racially abusing Patrice Evra in 2011.
“Both the club and the 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 club’s managing director Ian Ayre said.
Since 2011, Suarez has been banned for a total of 26 matches, apart from the usual yellow and red cards. He received a seven games ban in Ajax for biting Otman Bakkal, eight for racially abusing Patrice Evra, and one more for flipping the middle finger at Fulham fans, and now ten for another act of cannibalism.
Before reaching a conclusion on Luis Suarez, the tribunal had taking past behavior and previous cases into consideration.
Liverpool were condemned for their stance over Suarez, having already been rebuked for failing to administer their own suspension. The master has been taking so seriously that the Prime Minister entered the debate on Monday.