Luis Suarez and a History of Controversy

After being banned for 9 international games and from all football for 4 months we look at the previous controversies involving Luis Suarez

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Suarez will miss 13 Liverpool fixtures - here they are...

Premier League

Liverpool v Southampton

Man City v Liverpool

Tottenham v Liverpool

Liverpool v Aston Villa

West Ham v Liverpool

Liverpool v Everton

Liverpool v West Brom

QPR v Liverpool

Liverpool v Hull

He'll also miss:

The first 3 Champions League group matches and the 3rd Round of the Capital One Cup.

Luis Suarez's first match for Liverpool next season will either be in the Fourth Round of the Capital One Cup, or away to Newcastle United in the Premier League on November 1st, depending on whether the club continue in the Capital One Cup beyond Round Three.

Statement from FIFA on Suarez

A statement from FIFA read:

"The player Luis Suarez is to be suspended for nine official matches. The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming FIFA World Cup fixture between Colombia and Uruguay on June 28, 2014. The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay's next FIFA World Cup match(es), as long as the team (remains in the competition), and/or in the representative team's subsequent official matches.

"The player Luis Suarez is banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four months."


"A stadium ban is pronounced against the player Luis Suarez in accordance with article 21 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code as follows: the player Luis Suarez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban.

"The player Luis Suarez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium in which the representative team of Uruguay is playing while he has to serve the nine-match suspension.

"The player Luis Suarez is ordered to pay a fine in the amount of 100,000 Swiss Francs."


Suarez hit with 4 month ban

Luis Suarez Credit: Reuters

Luis Suarez has been given a nine-game international ban and a four-month suspension from all football for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

The Uruguay forward will play no further part in the World Cup in Brazil after his attack on Chiellini during his side's final group game on Tuesday, a 1-0 Uruguay win which saw them progress at Italy's expense.

FIFA confirmed the news at its daily briefing in Rio de Janeiro. The player has also been fined 100,000 Swiss francs (just under #66,000).

The four-month ban would prevent Suarez playing club football for Liverpool but he and the Uruguay FA are able to appeal against the sanctions.

However, even if the appeal is lodged and the process is under way he will not be able play in any matches.

Twitter reaction to Suarez punishment


@lucymitv The ban for Uruguay was right but why punish LFC? Hope clubs start pulling there players now from representing there countries.


@lucymitv that's nothing to him and the ban should've been longer, he's got off lightly yet again


@lucymitv He's got off lightly and now #LFC have to pay the price and pick up the pieces of another disgusting #Suarez episode. #GrowUpLuis



Luis Suarez a scapegoat, says Uruguay official

Luis Suarez appeared to bite Italy's Georgio Chiellini on Tuesday.
Luis Suarez appeared to bite Italy's Georgio Chiellini on Tuesday. Credit: Reuters

A Uruguayan FA board member has said he believes Luis Suarez has been unfairly singled out after what he called "pressure from England and Italy" over the Liverpool striker's conduct.

"We don't have any doubts that this has happened because it's Suarez and secondly because Italy was eliminated," said Alejandro Balbi, who is also Luis Suarez's lawyer, before he left for Brazil.

Mr Balbi, flew to Rio de Janeiro with Uruguay FA chief Wilmar Valdez to lay out the player's defence yesterday.


Fifa to deliberate for second day over Suarez 'bite'

Suarez could face a ban of up to two years if found guilty.
Suarez could face a ban of up to two years if found guilty. Credit: Reuters

Football's governing body FIFA has not yet decided whether to expel Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from the World Cup for biting an opponent with deliberations set to continue into a second day.

Uruguay FA president Wilmar Valdez told reporters in Rio de Janeiro that FIFA's disciplinary committee had not reached a decision on the case at a meeting on Wednesday and would continue deliberations today.

The disciplinary committee must rule on whether or not Suarez is guilty. Uruguay has up to four more games to play in Brazil, and any ban would probably rule the player out of the finals.


Uruguay's president 'didn't see Suarez bite anyone'

Luis Suarez could face a lengthy ban following his alleged bite.
Luis Suarez could face a lengthy ban following his alleged bite. Credit: Reuters

Uruguay's President Jose Mujica has weighed into the global controversy over footballer Luis Suarez, saying it was unfair to judge him retrospectively for biting an Italian player when other incidents went unreviewed.

"We didn't choose him to be a philosopher, or a mechanic, or to have good manners - he's a great player," said Mujica, echoing the protective attitude towards the brilliant but volatile striker felt around his homeland.

"I didn't see him bite anyone. But they sure can bash each other with kicks and chops," he added to reporters.

"If we're going to take decisions in football based on what TV says, then there are loads of penalties and handballs you'd have to give that weren't given, so bad luck," Mr Mujica said.

Read: Luis Suarez awaits his fate after World Cup 'bite'

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