News — April 24, 2013 17:33

Suarez Ban Confirmed

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Luis Suarez will miss 10 games following a charge of violent conduct after an incident with Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday.

The ban will cover the final four games of this season and the first six games of  the new season (2013-14).

A statement released by the FA read:

“Luis Suarez has been suspended for a total of 10 matches after an Independent Regulatory Commission today ruled on a charge of violent conduct.

“A three-person Independent Regulatory Commission today upheld The FA’s claim that a suspension of three matches was clearly insufficient and the player will serve a further seven first-team matches in addition to the standard three. The suspension begins with immediate effect.

“This follows an incident with Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in Sunday’s fixture at Anfield (21 April 2013).

“The Liverpool forward had accepted a charge of violent conduct but had denied The FA’s claim that the standard three-match sanction was insufficient for the offence.

“The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed.

“Suarez has until 12pm on Friday, 26 April to appeal the additional suspension, above the standard three matches.”


Liverpool FC Managing Director Ian Ayre, expressed disappointment and shock at the news of the ban.

In a statement issued on the clubs website, 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.”

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