Venezuelan president weighs in on Suarez bite row

Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro has said Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez had been unfairly punished for helping eliminate Italy and England. Suarez claimed that he did not deliberately bite Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.

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Suarez appeal 'unlikely to ensure World Cup return'

Luis Suarez's lawyer says the Uruguayan striker is unlikely to play any further part in the World Cup despite plans to appeal his lengthy ban.

Speaking after the Uruguayan FA announced plans to appeal his nine match and four month ban, Alejandro Balbi said: "Really I am not too hopeful that the sanction can be immediately refuted.

Luis Suarez gives a thumbs up earlier today as he says goodbye to staff and teammates. Credit: Reuters

"His participation in the World Cup is already thrown out, which we think is extremely exaggerated, and is out of line," he added.

"Not only invalidating him as far as the national team, but also for his own team, in this case Liverpool, who will not be able to count on him as a player.

"So we will surely take it to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which is the CAS, in Switzerland and there yes, we could sue."

Hero's welcome awaits Suarez as he flies home

Crowds of Uruguay fans are waiting for Luis Suarez in the capital Montevideo as he returns home following his biting controversy.

According to a journalist from El Pais Uruguay, supporters inside and out of the airport chanted songs, with one even mocking England fans.

"And you see it, and you see it, who does not jump is an Englishman," goes a rough translation of the song reportedly being sung.


Luis Suarez ban 'abusive', says Uruguayan FA chief

Suarez said an emotional goodbye to Uruguay staff today. Credit: Reuters

Luis Suarez's nine game and four month ban is "exaggerated and abusive", Uruguay's football association said today as he confirmed plans to appeal.

"We are working here on the appeal with the lawyer, we are going to appeal today," Wilmer Valdez told media outside Copacabana Palace hotel in Rio de Janeiro.

"We have three days to do it, but we are going to try and send it today so that the first appeal has the same timeframe as the disciplinary procedure - so that we can get a ruling in the fastest amount of time.

"There isn't definitive evidence that allows us to say that this kind of sanction can be applied. We are talking nine games, four months and a financial penalty - so to me it really seems like a completely exaggerated and abusive sanction."

PFA boss: 'I see a tension between club and country'

The chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association has said that he sees a "tension developing" where clubs may be wary of releasing players to play for their country if it means they subsequently miss games through a disciplinary incident.

Responding to the four month ban on Luis Suarez, Gordon Taylor said: "I can understand Liverpool being aggrieved because it has impacted on them and of course that has never happened before - a player playing for his country, and that affects his club.

"I could see a tension developing in the future in the classic club versus country situation, whereby clubs may be very wary of releasing players, if for a disciplinary incident, it then impacts on that player missing games with them. There is so much money at stake."

  1. Steve Scott

Expect Liverpool to look at fine print over Suarez ban

The appeal process is underway, but I do not expect it to make any difference to the World Cup. Fifa simply could not afford to see Luis Suarez kicking another football in Brazil.

What is interesting is this grey area around how this impacts Liverpool, because we are in new territory here.

Fifa for the first time has effectively punished a club for something that a player as done on the international stage.

Now that situation has never been tested before and I guess that Liverpool's lawyers will have plenty to say when they manage to have a look at the fine print of this judgement, and that's whether the club want Luis Suarez to stay at Liverpool or not.


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