Thursday, July 10, 2014

Global Impact: Suárez Disciplined for Biting a Rival a Third Time, Sanctions Include Fine of $112,000

According to The Associated Press, FIFA has rejected Luís Suárez's appeal against his lengthy ban for biting an opponent in a World Cup match.

FIFA's international governing body on Thursday (July 10) said its appeals committee rejected the appeal by Suárez and the Uruguay football federation in its entirety. Suárez can still appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The Liverpool star was banned for nine competitive international matches, four months from all football and fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000) for biting the shoulder of Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy in a group-stage game in Brazil.

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This is the third occasion that Suárez has been banned for biting an opponent, after similar incidents at both Ajax in the Dutch league and Liverpool in the English Premier League.

The incident was missed by match officials, and FIFA's disciplinary committee studied video evidence before charging the Uruguayan forward.

The ruling to uphold the sanctions was expected, as FIFA's appeals panel seldom changes disciplinary verdicts.
Suárez can now request the CAS to freeze his sanctions during his appellate process.

If granted, Suárez would be allowed to train and continue to play with his club until a final verdict is reached, likely in several months.

In a related development, Suárez is negotiating a relocation from Liverpool to Barcelona. Perhaps he is already reading the "tea leaves." 

FIFA said his transfer could proceed, despite the sanction from football activity.