Liverpool are likely to be without Luis Suarez for the start of the next Premier League season after the Uruguayan’s bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, the
Suarez on Monday was charged with violent conduct by the Football Association and has until Tuesday evening to respond. The hearing is expected to take place almost immediately, with a tentative date of Wednesday set by the governing body.
The rapid hearing will mean Suarez’s ban will start with Liverpool’s next fixture, the trip to Newcastle on Saturday evening, and the newspaper claims Suarez could be absent until September as the FA are considering an eight-match ban.
Due to the extraordinary nature of the offence, the FA has confirmed they will seek more than the usual three-match punishment. A statement said: “It is alleged that the conduct of Suarez constitutes violent conduct and it is the FA’s contention that the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient in these circumstances.”
Suarez has been offered anger management counselling and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will encourage the player to work with a professional, Dr Steve Peters, who has previously helped Craig Bellamy avoid the kind of disciplinary incidents that marked his career in the past.
Liverpool have also fined Suarez £250,000 and spoken with Suarez over his conduct, although Ian Ayre, chief executive at Anfield, insists the club will not put Suarez up for sale over the incident.
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