FIFA has announced that Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been suspended for nine matches and banned from any soccer-related activity for four months after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during their final World Cup group stage match.
The 27-year-old player is also being banned from even entering the stadium. He has been fined $111,000 in addition.
“Such behavior 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. Suarez’s guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Code. The decision comes into force as soon it is communicated,” added Claudio Sulser, who serves as chairman of FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee.