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Suarez bite "unusual for me, also for Paolo Di Canio"

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio says he was as surprised as anybody after seeing Luis Suarez bite Branislav Ivanovic during Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

Suarez has been given a ten-match ban by the Football Association after biting Ivanovic on the arm at Anfield last weekend. Di Canio added that it's difficult to judge what degree of punishment the Uruguayan should face, and that it was "strange" situation.

The Italian said:

"I can't judge but it's obvious it was something unusual for me, also for Paolo Di Canio. Sometimes I had a problem on the field. But from a not incredible situation he pulled one arm and tried to bite it. So it is strange you know."

– Paolo Di Canio, Sunderland AFC Manager

The Liverpool striker claimed he did not deserve to be banned for more than three matches, but decided not to appeal against his eventual punishment. The FA stated in writing that the ban sends out a "strong message that such deplorable behaviours do not have a place in football".

Liverpool striker Luiz Suarez after biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images