Luis Suarez will miss the rest of the World Cup and then some after being banned nine matches and four months from all soccer-related activity for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, FIFA announced on Thursday.
Suarez bit Chiellini toward the end of Uruguay's final Group D game with the score 0-0 at the time. He was not disciplined during the game, and Uruguay went on to win a minute later after Diego Godin's header punched La Celeste's ticket to the round of 16.
Suarez won't be joining his teammates there, and he is not allowed in the stadium for the match -- or any Uruguay matches during his nine-game ban -- either. Uruguay plays Colombia on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro's Estadio do Maracana. He was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs.
“Such behavior cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field. The Disciplinary Committee took into account all the factors of the case and the degree of Mr Suárez’s guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Code. The decision comes into force as soon it is communicated,” Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, said in a statement.
The suspension extends to his club as well, as he'll miss the beginning of Liverpool's season (or whichever club he winds up at, with transfer rumors linking him to Real Madrid and Barcelona). Suarez missed the first five games of the 2013-14 season while serving a suspension for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. He wound up leading the Premier League in scoring anyway, tying a record with 31 goals.
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