Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been banned for nine matches by FIFA and cannot play soccer for the next four months. Suarez was suspended after he was accused of biting Italy defender Georgio Chiellini during the Italy vs Uruguay match at the FIFA World Cup 2014.
Here’s the full text of the FIFA statement announcing the ban on Luis Suarez, courtesy AFP:
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has reached a decision in the case related to Luis Suarez 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 100,000 Swiss francs.
The decision was notified to the player and the Uruguayan FA today.”
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