Liverpool’s Suarez to fight extended ban for biting Chelsea’s Ivanovic

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has accepted a Football Association charge of violent conduct for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, but the Uruguayan is to fight the contention that his actions were such that the usual three-game punishment is not enough, the Daily Mail has reported.

A three-man independent panel will sit from Wednesday morning to examine the evidence in the case and could levy Suarez with a heftier suspension than the standard three games – but Liverpool will support the forward in fighting any extended ban.

The FA’s statement on the matter said: “Luis Suarez has today (Tuesday) accepted a charge of violent conduct, following an incident with Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in Sunday’s fixture at Anfield.

However, Suarez has denied the FA’s claim that the standard punishment of three matches is clearly insufficient for this offence. The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed.

The Mail claims the independent commission will take into consideration past behaviour of Suarez and any comparable incidents – Suarez himself was banned for seven games for biting an opponent when an Ajax player, a punishment that he never served in full as he left for Liverpool in its midst.

However, Jermain Defoe was not punished for biting Javier Mascherano in 2006 because he was booked for his part in the incident. The newspaper adds that had Suarez had been booked for tangling with Ivanovic in the Sunday fixture, the FA could still have charged him because of a change in regulations in the almost seven years since the Defoe altercation.

As Suarez accepted the charge his three-game ban will start this weekend, in the away fixture at Newcastle, and will also take in the Merseyside derby next weekend at Anfield and Liverpool’s visit to Fulham a week later. Suarez has also been fined by his club.

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