FIFA have today rejected the appeals by Luis Suarez and the Uruguayan FA to reduce his ban from football. This means he will still be banned from the game for 4 months, even if he completes his move to Barcelona in the next few days.
Luis Suarez was given the ban following his bite of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in their World Cup Group D decider. The winner would progress to the Last 16 and following the bite, unseen by the referee, Uruguay went on to defeat Italy via a late goal from Diego Godin.
Suarez was expected to miss the World Cup after surgery but recovered in time to play England, he scored twice and after Italy’s loss to Costa Rica it meant England were out.
His club Liverpool moved quickly after the incident to open talks with Barcelona who will pay a reported £75m for the prolific striker. Suarez, 27, scored 69 Premier League goals in 110 Red’s appearances and has also represented his country on 78 occasions, netting 40 times.
Suarez now has the option to take his case higher by appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport or risk not stepping out in a Barcelona shirt till November 2014. He tweeted an apology to Chiellini after the third incident Suarez has been caught up in and the Juventus man replied, “It’s all forgotten. I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension”. It remains to be seen what Suarez and Uruguay will do next.
By Gareth Thomas | July 10th, 2014