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Luis Suarez Suspended for Nine Games for Bite; Banned For Four Months From All Soccer-Related Activity

Italy v Uruguay: Group D - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Luis Suarez’s nibble on Giorgio Cheillini’s shoulder during Uruguay’s eventual 1-0 win over Italy at the 2014 World Cup will cost the striker the rest of the 2014 tournament as part of a nine-game international ban, as handed down by FIFA today. Suarez is also suspended for four months from any soccer related activity, which applies to the club season at Liverpool. Uruguay and Suarez can appeal the ban.

This is the third time Suarez has bitten a player during a match. In 2010 he bite Otman Bakkal in a Dutch league game, earning a seven-game ban. In 2013 Suarez chomped on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic resulting in a 10-match ban.

Suarez was also suspended for eight matches in 2011 after he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.

Uruguay faces Colombia in the Round of 16 on Saturday, which is when Suarez’s suspension will begin. Suarez was also fined 100,000 Swiss Francs.

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