Luis Suarez gets nine match ban over 'bite' incident

Luis Suarez was caught up in a fresh controversy after appearing to bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

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FIFA insist Suarez ''cannot train'' during biting ban

Training ban - Luis Suarez Credit: PA Pictures

FIFA has re-iterated that Luis Suarez will not be allowed to train during his four-month ban for biting despite reports to the contrary.

FIFA's disciplinary chief Claudio Sulser has said the Liverpool striker would be allowed to have a medical ahead of any transfer but the world governing body has stressed he cannot train with a team.

A FIFA spokeswoman told Press Association Sport: "As said at various occasions he is not allowed to participate in any football activity during the ban period and as such is also not allowed to train with the team during the ban."

Uruguay striker Suarez has appealed against the four-month ban imposed for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.

Liverpool remain in talks with Barcelona over the transfer of Suarez, and Sulser on Friday told a news conference that the player would be allowed to have a medical ahead of a transfer.

Sulser said: "The player cannot have any activity related to football, but a medical examination for a transfer yes - the sanction is not linked to transfer rights."


Adidas 'reviewing' sponsorship deal with Suarez

Sportswear giant adidas says its 'reviewing all marketing activity involving Luis Suarez'.

The Liverpool striker has been banned from all football for four months after being found guilty of biting for the third time.

Suarez's boot deal with adidas could be in jeopardy after the sportswear manufacturer announced on Thursday that it would consider its partnership with the 27-year-old, who has returned to Uruguay after his World Cup accreditation was withdrawn.

His contract with 888poker was terminated on Friday.

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Maradona: Suarez ban like 'locking him in Guantanamo'

Diego Maradona has attacked Fifa's ban on Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez as "criminal" and said world football's governing body might as well handcuff the striker and lock him up in Guantanamo prison.

Maradona, who made to comments during his soccer commentary programme broadcast on Venezuela's Telesur and Argentine public television on Thursday night, asked: "Who did Suarez kill?"

The Argentine footballing legend added: "This is football, this is contact.

"They may as well handcuff him and bring him to Guantanamo directly.

"If he made a mistake, fine, they should punish him, but they shouldn't exaggerate, they shouldn't be moralistic."

Maradona, who like Suarez rose to fame from a poor background, fervently defended Suarez throughout the programme and unveiled a T-shirt with the words "We're with you Luisito" scrawled on the front.

Bite-victim Giorgio Chiellini says Suarez's ban is 'excessive'

Chiellini following the incident during Tuesday's game between Italy and Uruguay. Credit: PA

Italian defender and victim of Luis Suarez's latest bite Giorgio Chiellini has spoken for the first time since FIFA confirmed it's ban on Thursday. The Liverpool striker was handed a four-month suspension from all football and fined 100,000 Swiss Francs:

"Now inside me there's no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that's done. There only remain the anger and the disappointment about the match," reads a statement from Chiellini on his own website.

"At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period.

"I have always considered unequivocal the disciplinary interventions by the competent bodies, but at the same time I believe that the proposed formula is excessive.

"I sincerely hope that he will be allowed, at least, to stay close to his team mates during the games because such a ban is really alienating for a player."


Poker company terminate Suarez sponsorship

One of Luis Suarez's sponsors has dropped its relationship with the Liverpool striker.

An 888poker statement said: "888poker signed Luis Suarez following a fantastic season for which his achievements were widely recognized.

Regrettably, following his actions during Uruguay’s World Cup match against Italy on Tuesday, 888poker has decided to terminate its relationship with Luis Suarez with immediate effect."

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Adidas 'fully supports Fifa's decision' to ban Suarez

An Adidas advertisement featuring Luis Suarez. Credit: @luis16suarez

Adidas officials have said they "fully support FIFA’s decision" in banning Luis Suarez for biting an opponent during a World Cup match.

A spokesman said: "Adidas certainly does not condone Luis Suarez’s recent behaviour and we will again be reminding him of the high standards we expect from our players.

"We have no plan to use Suarez for any additional marketing activities during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

"We will discuss all aspects of our future partnership directly with Suarez and his team following the World Cup."

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Footage shows Luis Suarez training with Uruguay

ITV News has captured footage of Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez training with his national team earlier today. Fifa has since banned him for nine matches and for four months from all football-related activity.

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