Luis Suarez has been handed a nine match international suspension and banned from ALL football activity for four months, which means he will miss the start of the new season.
- Banned from international football for NINE matches
- Banned from ALL football for FOUR months
- Can be sold during four month period
- Banned from all football activity, including attending stadiums
- Banned from “participating in any training activities connected to any club”
The 27-year-old Uruguayan will miss the rest of the World Cup, and the start of the domestic and European campaign for club football. He has also been given a £65,000 fine.
DISCIPLINARY: Uruguay’s Luis Suarez suspended for 9 matches & banned for 4 months from any football-related activity.
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) June 26, 2014
FIFA announced the details on Thursday following the bite on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on Tuesday.
FIFA spokesperson says that football activity includes “administrative, sport or any other” – leading to questions as to whether the administration part would include transfers.
The ban on all football activity means Suarez will not be able to attend football matches, and seemingly not allowed to participate “in any training activities connected to any club.”
That would mean Liverpool would be paying Suarez £3 million in wages for the period during which he is not even able to train with the club.
However, FIFA have now confirmed that he would be able to transfer during the four month period.
Liverpool have released a statement saying they “will wait until we have seen and had time to review the FIFA Disciplinary Committee report before making any further comment.”
The statement from FIFA reads:
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has reached a decision in the case related to Luis Suárez of Uruguay following an incident that occurred during the FIFA World Cup™ match between Italy and Uruguay played on 24 June 2014.
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided that:
· The player Luis Suárez is regarded as having breached art. 48 par. 1 lit. d of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) (assault), and art. 57 of the FDC (an act of unsporting behaviour towards another player).
· The player Luis Suárez is to be suspended for nine (9) official matches. The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming FIFA World Cup™ fixture between Colombia and Uruguay on 28 June 2014. The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay’s next FIFA World Cup match(es), as long as the team qualifies, and/or in the representative team’s subsequent official matches in accordance with art. 38 par. 2a) of the FDC.
· The player Luis Suárez is banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four (4) months in accordance with art. 22 of the FDC.
· A stadium ban is pronounced against the player Luis Suárez in accordance with art. 21 of the FDC as follows: the player Luis Suárez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban (point 3). The player Luis Suárez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium in which the representative team of Uruguay is playing while he has to serve the nine-match suspension (point 2).
· The player Luis Suárez is ordered to pay a fine in the amount of CHF 100,000.
The decision was notified to the player and the Uruguayan FA today.
“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.
UPDATE: Uruguay have now confirmed they will appeal against FIFA’s decision.