Suarez receives ten match Liverpool ban

Liverpool have confirmed via the club’s official website that their striker, Luis Suarez has received a ten match ban from the FA after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

Suarez was found guilty of violent conduct, the punishment for which is normally three games however the FA have declared that such a ban would be “clearly insufficient” in this instance.

The statement from the FA read “Luis Suarez has been suspended for a total of 10 matches after an Independent Regulatory Commission today ruled on a charge of violent conduct.

“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.

“This follows an incident with Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in Sunday’s fixture at Anfield (21 April 2013). 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 has therefore been retrospectively reviewed. Suarez has until 12pm on Friday, 26 April to appeal the additional suspension, above the standard three matches.”

The ban will mean that Suarez will be unavailable for Liverpool’s last four games of the current campaign, as well as missing the first six matches of next season.

Suarez was banned for seven matches for a similar incident whilst playing for Ajax in 2010, and Liverpool’s managing director, Ian Ayre spoke to the club’s website saying that club are awaiting the FA’s written reasons about why a ten game ban was deemed appropriate, before deciding which action to take.

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