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:
– FA statement
(83) Taking these factors into account on the circumstances of the incident, we concluded that this offence is significantly more serious than that of Ashley Barnes’ and, accordingly, the punishment should be significantly higher.