Zurich, Switzerland (4E Sports) – Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been banned by FIFA for nine international matches and from all football activity for four months for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.
That means Suarez is out of the World Cup and will miss nine Premier League, Champions League and Capital One Cup matches before the end of October.
Suarez is also prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban and ordered to pay a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs (65,700 pounds).
Claudio Sulser, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, said: “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.
Suarez, 27, bit Chiellini during the latter stages of the 1-0 victory that secured Uruguay’s place in the knockout stages.
It is the third time in his career that Suarez has been involved in such a controversy.
He was suspended for seven matches after biting PSV midfielder Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in an Eredivisie game in November 2010, and banned for 10 games after doing the same to Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in 2013.