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Liverpool: Suarez Gets 10 Match Ban

Liverpool: Suarez Gets 10 Match Ban

The Independent Disciplinary Commission has handed Reds forward Luis Suarez a lengthy ten game suspension over the infamous biting incident...

Following Tuesday's acceptance of a violent conduct charge from the Football Association (FA), Liverpool's top scorer Luis Suarez has been provisionally banned for ten matches.

The decision, in relation to Suarez biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, was made on Wednesday afternoon by the Independent Disciplinary Commission tasked with investigating incidents missed by match officials.

A subsequent statement confirming the news, released by the FA, read: "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.

"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 midday on Friday 26 April to appeal [against] the additional suspension, above the standard three matches."

Given the Uruguayan has already questioned the FA's stance with regards the standard three match punishment being deemed insufficient in this case, there is a fair chance of him doing so.

Reds managing director Ian Ayre reacted to the decision by saying: "Both the club and 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 ban, as it stands, will see Suarez miss Liverpool's remaining four Premier League fixtures this season, against Newcastle United, Everton, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers, plus the first six competitive games of the 2013-14 campaign.

If the 26-year-old does decide to challenge the punishment he will remain available for selection until an appeal hearing can be heard.

Suarez is no stranger to lengthy absences from the game after serving an eight match ban for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra in October 2011.

Since joining Liverpool in January of the same year, and despite not receiving a red card at any point, Suarez has now been banned for a total of 20 games.

In addition to the two lengthy suspensions, the tally also includes one match for unsavoury hand gestures towards Fulham fans in December 2011 and one for reaching five yellow cards before the end of December this season.

Before moving to England, the former Ajax striker also missed seven matches for a similar biting incident involving PSV's Otman Bakkal.

Vital Verdict
As we feared Suarez has been severely reprimanded for his latest moment of madness. The news is of course a massive blow to both the club and player and it will be interesting to see if there is an appeal lodged. The initial reaction suggests there might be but similar protestations at the eight match racism ban did not lead to a challenge. We predicted the ban would be around the 10 game mark, based largely on the cumulative effect of his previous misdemeanours, so therefore the severity is hardly a surprise. However, was it really a more serious incident than racist abuse or a tackle that breaks an opponent's leg and risks ending their career? He will be sadly missed and only time will tell what impact it will have on Liverpool's hopes for next season and Suarez's future in general.

Top 5 Longest FA Bans
9 months - Eric Cantona for kicking a supporter in 1995
9 months - Mark Bosnich for positive cocaine test in 2003
8 months - Rio Ferdinand for missing a drugs test in 2003
12 games - Joey Barton for two counts of violent conduct during the same game (vs Manchester City) in 2012
11 games - Paolo Di Canio for pushing referee Paul Alcock in 1998

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The Incident

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Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Wednesday April 24 2013
Time: 3:57PM


Don't really see how the club and player can be shocked at the ban, a second offence cannot have a shorter ban than the one imposed for the first time offence, Come on Mr Ayre do not let this become a PR disaster like the Evra racism case.
ten men
24/04/2013 16:57:00
I personally thought the ban is too much and an over-reaction by the FA. Yes, it shouldn't be less than the previous ban but maybe the previous ban of 7 matches for a first nibble is way over the top. I would have given him a 4 match ban for the first one and probably no more than 6 for the second. What did Keane get for the 'tackle' on Alfinga Haarland tackle back in the day ? Definitely wasn't more than 8 games and might have been less and it ended a player's career. I'd rather somebody gave my forearm a nibble than spit at me or clatter me from behind and yet those sorts of offences just get yellow cards or retrospective 2 game bans. Something wrong and maybe the FA is reacting to recent criticisms of their inaction and failure to act retrospectively by having a go at the new whipping boy now that Balotelli has gone.
24/04/2013 19:56:00
Although I'm obviously not happy it is exactly what was expected all things considered. The FA had to be seen to clamp down on Suarez as a repeat offender. Also the fact that he had served seven games for a similar incident previously meant that the FA couldn't really give him anything less this time around. It would be a surprise to see the club appeal.
The Bagman
24/04/2013 21:51:00
The club, who have until Friday at 12:00 BST to appeal, said they were "shocked and disappointed" at the length of the suspension. typical response from Liverpool FC, what a shame, the club couldn't take the same stance has there fans have and take the punishment without a saying word.
24/04/2013 22:30:00
CITYBOY1000, Mr talks *********.
24/04/2013 22:32:00
Ridiculously political decision. The FA is SO afraid of any taint of leniency towards someone (WRONGLY) perceived as racist, they will use the most oblique excuse to mete out disproportionate punishment, as if to bolster their reputation when it comes to such a sensitive subject. I don't care what anyone says, but Suarez is still being vilified for the Evra case, where he was quite rightly indignant about his treatment, when it was obvious to everyone, apart from the FA and various rent-a-mob smear merchants, that he is not a racist, and yet he is charged and convicted by a kangaroo court, and when he pleads his innocence, is then told he is making matters worse. Any footballer in future who suffers this accusation should stand his ground, and demand justice, otherwise it will be held against you in perpituity.
25/04/2013 00:15:00
Ridiculously political decision!!!!!!! he bit another player! do you understand that Johnny, or are you so *****in blinded by your own agenda, I'd of banned him for 6months.
25/04/2013 12:25:00
Whatever the right & wrongs of this ban, Suarez has 2 choices. He either mans up, improves his behaviour on the pitch & shoves the negativity of his detractors down their throats or he bogs off out of England leaving himself wide open to accusations of cowardice & childishness.

Personally, I'd like to see him shove it up his detractors. Even though I can't stand the guy, only because he plays for a club that has historically crapped all over mine, I'd still rather he stayed in the Prem.

25/04/2013 14:03:00
Brilliant player but a complete basket case, the ban is about right, most LFC fans I've spoken to were expecting 10 to 12 games, so nobody should be that surprised, this has nothing to do with racism it's to do with biting an opponent (I agree using the feet can inflict much more serious injury and maybe there's a need to look further at the length of bans to potential and actual career ending injuries) not for the first time, it's a repellant behaviour and should be made an example of which it has. I would be wary if I was mr Suarez, as someone who is blessed with pace amongst his attributes, a serious leg injury would rob him of that asset making him a less extraordinary player, biting central defenders is a good way to go about aquiring such an injury
25/04/2013 15:57:00
eltoro-I'll keep this brief, as your attention span is probably limited, like your grammar. He was given a disproportionately stiff ban because of his racism case. Biting does not justify 10 games. Your assertion that he should have got 6 months is ludicrous and typical unthinking hang 'em and flog 'em hysteria.
25/04/2013 19:47:00
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