Posted On Wednesday, 24th April 2013
Ghana fans finally enjoyed some poetic justice over Luis Suarez when the English FA slapped the Uruguayan with a whopping 10-match ban for his astonishing bite attack on Branislav Ivanovic.
Suarez, who blatantly used his hand to prevent Ghana from reaching the semi-finals of the 2012 World Cup, will not play football again until September because of the ban.
The decision has been celebrated by thousands of Ghanaians on Twitter who have welcomed the decision as long overdue after Suarez escaped severe punishment for stopping Ghana progress and racially abusing Patrice Evra.
The striker accepted a charge from the FA for violent conduct on Tuesday but took the bizarre step, backed by his club, of making it clear to the governing body that they will appeal should the independent disciplinary commission have decided upon a more severe punishment than the standard three-match suspension.
Liverpool themselves were left shocked by the decision, which sees Suarez banned for two games more than he received after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra in 2011.
The club’s managing director Ian Ayre said: ‘Both the club and player are shocked and disappointed at the severity of today’s Independent Regulatory Commission decision.
‘We await the written reasons tomorrow before making any further comment.’
VIDEO: Liverpool’s Managing Director on Suarez controversy The tribunal took past behaviour and previous cases into consideration before reaching a conclusion on Suarez, who was banned for seven games after he bit PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal in November 2010.
Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe escaped a long ban and fine in October 2006 as he was booked after biting Javier Mascherano, then of West Ham.
Had Suarez been booked last Sunday, the FA would have still had the power to take him to task as the rules have changed since then.
Having accepted the FA’s charge, Suarez was already set to miss the trip to Newcastle on Saturday, the Merseyside derby at Anfield on May 5 and Liverpool’s visit to Fulham on May 12.
VIDEO: Suarez appears to be biting Ivanovic
Liverpool were condemned for their stance over Suarez, having already been rebuked for failing to administer their own suspension.
The matter has been taken so seriously that the Prime Minister entered the debate on Monday.
Suarez was fined an undisclosed amount – thought to be two weeks’ wages, a figure that equates to more than £200,000 – on Monday morning.
He insisted that the money be donated to the Hillsborough Families Support Group.
The 26-year-old was warned by Ayre that he was on his last chance at Anfield.
The Uruguay striker was found guilty by the FA in December 2011 of using racially abusive language to Patrice Evra.
Liverpool have stressed that Suarez, who has been strongly linked with Bayern Munich, will not be sold this summer and have vowed to work with him to improve his behaviour.
VIDEO: The PSV star Ottman Bakkal is perplexed by Suarez’s biting Liverpool forward Luis Suarez is back in the spotlight after appearing to bite Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the arm during the 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Anfield, going on to score a late equaliser. Here are some of the previous controversies surrounding the Uruguayan forward.
OTHER SUAREZ CONTROVERSIES
February 2007: Suarez made his international debut for Uruguay against Colombia but was sent off in the final minutes after being shown a second yellow card for dissent.
November 2007: Joined Ajax from Uruguayan side Nacional but he was later suspended by the Dutch giants after a half-time dressing-room altercation with team-mate Albert Luque.
July 2010: During the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals, Suarez prevented Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah from scoring in the final minute with a deliberate handball on the line and was subsequently sent off. A penalty was awarded but missed by Asamoah Gyan and footage showed Suarez celebrating on the sidelines. Uruguay eventually went through to the last four on penalties.
November 2010: Suarez was handed a seven-match ban by the Dutch FA and fined by his club for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal during an Eredivisie match.
October 2011: Following his move to Liverpool in January 2011, he was involved in a tackle with Everton’s Jack Rodwell and goes down with apparent minimal contact. Rodwell was then sent off.
October 2011: Suarez was alleged to have racially abused Manchester United’s Patrice Evra during a Premier League match. Suarez was later found guilty by an independent regulatory commission and banned for eight matches and fined £40,000.
December 2011: Was seen making an offensive gesture towards Fulham fans. At this time he had already been charged by the Football Association over the racism incident, although not yet punished, but was handed a further one-match ban for the gesture.
February 2012: United and Liverpool met again at Old Trafford, but more controversy blew up as Suarez refused to shake Evra’s hand before kick-off.
October 2012: Celebrated a goal against Everton by diving in front of Toffees boss David Moyes who had earlier claimed that ‘divers’ such as Suarez were putting fans off the English game.
January 2013: Handles the ball prior to scoring Liverpool’s winner in the FA Cup third round tie at Mansfield.
April 2013: Appears to bite Branislav Ivanovic on the arm but escapes punishment on the pitch as the referee fails to see it, and scores Liverpool’s equaliser seven minutes into stoppage time as they draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Anfield.