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FIFA rejects Suarez appeal presented by the Uruguayan Football Association

Thursday, July 10th 2014 - 21:36 UTC
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Suarez initially denied biting Chiellini but apologized nearly a week later. Suarez initially denied biting Chiellini but apologized nearly a week later.

Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, banned from all soccer activity for four months and nine competitive internationals for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match, has lost his appeal, FIFA said.

 FIFA's appeals committee rejected the appeal filed by the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF), although it can still take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), a FIFA spokeswoman said.

The controversial Liverpool striker sank his teeth into Chiellini's shoulder during Uruguay's 1-0 win over the Italians on June 24. The win sent Uruguay through to the last 16 where, without the banned Suarez, they lost 2-0 to Colombia.

Suarez initially denied biting Chiellini but apologized nearly a week later.

“The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me,” Suarez said in a statement on Twitter.

FIFA's disciplinary committee ruled that he acted intentionally and handed him the longest ban ever imposed on a player at the World Cup, prompting fury in Uruguay, where he was given a hero's welcome on his return including from President Jose Mujica who went to the airport to receive him.

FIFA later explained that Suarez was given a heavy punishment partly because he had twice before been banned for biting and because he had shown no remorse.

The English Premier League club have since held talks in London over the possible transfer of Suarez to Barcelona, although no deal has been finalized. Chiellini himself has described the ban as excessive.

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  • Anglotino

    Be a man Luis.

    Jul 10th, 2014 - 10:21 pm 0
  • bushpilot

    ““The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me”

    That's the truth?!! A f#*&%ng collision?!!

    The dude acted like a damn chimpanzee. That's the truth!!

    Jul 10th, 2014 - 10:59 pm 0
  • reality check

    Like I said, it like that old police joke.

    “Tell me sir, how fast was the wall travelling when it collided with the front of your car?”

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 05:58 am 0
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