Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Suarez facing big ban for biting opponent

Controversial soccer star Luis Suarez will not be sacked by Liverpool despite his latest biting incident, but he faces a lengthy suspension. The Premier League club said Monday it had fined the Uruguay international for his assault on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, and the English Football Association later announced the 26-year-old has been charged with violent conduct.

"It is the FA's contention that the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient in these circumstances," the ruling body said. Suarez, who was banned seven matches for biting an opponent during a Dutch league game shortly before joining Liverpool in January 2011, wrestled with Ivanovic before sinking his teeth into the Serbian's arm during Sunday's 2-2 draw at Anfield.

Suarez has until Tuesday to respond to the charge -- if he doesn't then the hearing will take place Wednesday. British Prime Minister David Cameron said any punishment for Suarez needs to take into account his high profile and responsibility as a role model.

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