Uruguayan Luis Suarez's appeal of his suspension has been denied by FIFA, soccer's governing body announced on Thursday.
Suarez was suspended last month for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match on June 24. He was banned for nine of Uruguay's matches in addition to a four-month ban from all soccer-related events, meaning he will have to sit out matches for his club, Liverpool
It was the third biting incident in Suarez's career. He was also suspended eight matches and fined $63,000 for racist remarks on the pitch in 2011.
In Suarez's absence, Uruguay lost in the round of 16 to Colombia in the 2014 World Cup.
- Paul Palladino