FIFA has dropped the hammer on Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, suspending him for nine games and banning him from all football activities for four months.
“Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field. The Disciplinary Committee took into account all the factors of the case and the degree of Mr Suárez’s guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Code. The decision comes into force as soon it is communicated,” said Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, said in a statement.
That includes Premier League games and Champions League game, meaning Suarez won’t be able to rejoin Liverpool until the end of October.
Liverpool hasn’t released a statement yet, they did release a statement saying they were holding off on making a statement:
Liverpool Football Club has released the following statement in response to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s decision regarding Luis Suarez.
Ian Ayre, chief executive officer, said: “Liverpool Football Club will wait until we have seen and had time to review the FIFA Disciplinary Committee report before making any further comment.”
A smart decision and there certainly is no need for the club team to release a statement quickly considering it is the offseason. For now, Suarez is Uruguay’s problem.