Luis Suarez has been found guilty of biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini. It happened in the second half of Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy. Much head lowering and shaking has been done over the incident as it is Luis’s 3rd biting incident in four years.
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 CHF 100,000.
The decision was notified to the player and the Uruguayan FA today.
“Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field. The Disciplinary Committee took into account all the factors of the case and the degree of Mr Suárez’s guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Code. The decision comes into force as soon it is communicated,” said Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.
What this means for Luis Suarez
His world Cup playing time is immediately done and future matches may never come to pass. He has to pay a fine and he cannot enter a stadium while his four month ban is in effect
What FIFA should really look at
It is laughable that FIFA cannot tolerate such behavior, but the obvious antics of going to the ground by almost all of the players is tolerated. International Football (soccer) needs to address the inconsistencies in its rulebook. As far as I see it, when you go down acting like another player has broken your ankle/shin/knee/whatever, you are trying to get him out of the game unfairly. They don’t even see this as a laughing point around the world.
Be consistent FIFA, punish those players too please.