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The Sun has reported that Gareth Bale has won the PFA Player of the Year award for the second time, ahead of the official announcement tonight.
Banned Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has congratulated his teammates after they began the first of their 10 matches without him by recording the team's biggest win of the season.
Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson both struck twice as the Reds claimed a 6-0 away win against Newcastle United.
The FA said it compared the Suarez incident to two cases which may have required bans longer than three games.
- January 2013: Chelsea's Eden Hazard kicking a ball boy (did not require longer ban)
- March 2013: Brighton's Ashley Barnes tripping a referee (required six-match suspension)
It said it could not compare the incident to a 2006 incident involving Manchester City's Ben Thatcher and Portsmouth's Pedro Mendes because the latter was "serious foul play" while Suarez's bite constituted "violent conduct."
As a result, the FA said, the length of Suarez's ban had to be proportional to the six-game ban given to Brighton's Ashley Barnes:
An FA statement noted that Suarez's punishment considered the danger of damage to the reputation of English football, including that the incident became "the top trend on Twitter worldwide".
The FA said it wanted Suarez's punishment to "discourage any players at any level" from "attempting to copy" the player's actions:
The Football Association released a statement explaining the decision to ban Luis Suarez for ten games.
It said his previous disciplinary record was not taken into consideration:
It found that the Suarez's bite was clearly intentional and also "very rare":
In a statement on the Liverpool website the club's managing director said:
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: "We can't hide our disappointment at the outcome of this situation, but we have to move on and support Luis in his decision.
"Luis has made a huge contribution to the squad this season and we respect his decision to accept the ban.
"He will be missed for the remainder of this season and the early part of next, but we will have the opportunity to welcome a better person and player when he returns."
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has released a statement explaining why he did not appeal against the 10 match ban handed to him by the Football Association.
Luis Suarez said: "I would like to explain to everybody that I decided to accept the ban because whilst 10 games is clearly greater than those bans given in past cases where players have been seriously injured, I acknowledge that my actions were not acceptable."
"I do not want to give the wrong impression to people by making an appeal.
"I really want to learn from what has happened in the last 2.5 years, many things have been said and written about me, I just tried to do my best on the field. I hope to come back early to play."
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Luis Suarez failed to "fully appreciate the gravity and seriousness" of his bite on Branislav Ivanovic, an FA report concluded.
The FA says it intends to punish Suarez more than the usual three games. Well why is it? He didn't hurt anyone. Ivanovic is not in plaster.