FIFA have turned down Uruguay’s appeal against the ban imposed on Liverpool FC striker Luis Suarez for biting Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.
Football’s governing body FIFA has turned down Uruguay’s appeal against the ban imposed on Luis Suarez. The Liverpool striker was found guilty of biting Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s group stage encounter against Italy and was handed over a four-month ban from all footballing activity along with a nine-match international suspension.
Suarez, who has a history of producing similar moments of madness in the past, received heavy backing from Uruguay, who labelled the ban as excessive. They eventually appealed against the ban to FIFA, but the governing body has now decided to turn down that appeal.
“The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by both the Uruguayan player Luis Suarez and the Uruguayan FA, and to confirm the decision rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on 25 June 2014 in its entirety.
“The terms of the decision taken by the FIFA Appeal Committee were communicated to the player and the Uruguayan FA today.
“The relevant decision is not yet final and binding, i.e. an appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) is still possible (cf. art. 67 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes) by the player and/or the Uruguayan FA, subject to certain conditions.” – Read an official statement released by FIFA.
It will be interesting to see if Uruguay decides to press this further and take the case to the court of Arbitration of Sport. The Liverpool striker’s future at Anfield has come under immense speculations this summer and he is expected to complete his move to Barcelona sooner rather than later. The ban would of course delay his debut for the Catalan club, and reports suggest that this incident also played a part in convincing Liverpool to let go off their prized striker this summer.