Luis Suarez was on Thursday handed a very heavy sanction by FIFA for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match two days earlier.
Suarez was slapped with a 4-month ban as well as barred from playing 9 international matches, which means he will no longer participate in the ongoing World Cup and next summer’s Copa America.
In addition, a fine of $112,000 was imposed on him.
The official statement from FIFA concerning the Liverpool FC striker reads in full:
“The player Luis Suarez is to be suspended for nine official matches. The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming Fifa World Cup fixture between Colombia and Uruguay on June 28, 2014.
“The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay’s next Fifa World Cup match(es), as long as the team (remains in the competition), and/or in the representative team’s subsequent official matches.
“The player Luis Suarez is banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four months.
“A stadium ban is pronounced against the player Luis Suarez in accordance with article 21 of the Fifa Disciplinary Code as follows: the player Luis Suarez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban.
“The player Luis Suarez 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.
“The player Luis Suarez is ordered to pay a fine in the amount of 100,000 Swiss Francs.”
FIFA gave Suarez the option to appeal the decision.