Suarez considering Liverpool exit after 10-game ban for Ivanovic bite

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could call time on his Premier League career this summer in the wake of receiving a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, the Guardian has reported.

Suarez is said to feel victimised by the punishment, one of the largest ever handed out in English football. The Uruguayan admitted biting Ivanovic during the meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday but contested the Football Association’s view that it was an act worthy of a heftier punishment than the standard three games for violent conduct.

It is the second time in less than 18 months that Suarez has been banned for an extended period of time, having received an eight-game suspension in December 2011 after being found to have used racially abusive language towards Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Suarez was also fined by his club for biting Ivanovic and his ban starts immediately. The duration of the ban means Suarez will not be available to play until September and even if he was to leave Liverpool in the summer, he would have to serve the suspension at his new club, much as Joey Barton was forced to sit out the start of his Marseille career after leaving Queens Park Rangers with a 12-game ban hanging over his head.

Liverpool have repeatedly insisted they have no intention of selling Suarez but speculation over a move to Bayern Munich persists, while Juventus are also said to maintain an interest in the 26-year-old. Suarez has also been mooted as a potential Atletico Madrid target should the Spanish club sell Radamel Falcao this summer.

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