World Cup: Luis Suarez Banned Nine Matches and Four Months

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On Thursday morning, FIFA’s independent disciplinary committee banned Luis Suarez from playing for the Uruguay national team in their next nine matches for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Also, FIFA has banned Suarez from playing in any soccer-related activities for the next four months.

This news came at a FIFA media briefing this afternoon, as FIFA media relations manager Delia Fischer read a statement: “The player, Luis Suarez, is suspended for nine matches and banned for four months from any football related activity.

“The FIFA disciplinary committee has decided the player is regarded as having breached article 48 paragraph 1 and article 57. The player is to be suspended for nine matches, the first is the upcoming match between Uruguay and Colombia on Saturday.”

His nation, Uruguay, and football club, Liverpool FC, are furious.

Due to this ban, Luis Suarez will not be able to play in Uruguay’s next World Cup round of 16 matchup against Colombia, certainly a big loss.

Uruguay are much less dominant offensively without Suarez, just look at what happened against Costa Rica compared to their match with England. Suarez is a game changer; he’s also a cannibal.

Due to this ban, Suarez will also not be able to play for Liverpool until late October.

Notable games that Suarez will miss for his club:

  • August 23rd: Manchester City
  • August 30th: Liverpool
  • September 27th: Everton

Suarez has also been linked with a move away from the club, but those linkages will probably falter after his latest incident. This is not the first, not the second, but the third time this type of incident has occurred for the Uruguayan.

If this were to happen one more time, his ban could be a lot lengthier than a few months.

Alec Kleyer is a second year student at Macaulay Honors College. He's played, watched, analyzed soccer/futbol most of his life. Visit his blog at knlsoccer.com for soccer news outside of the World Cup!