Suarez accepts biting charge

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has accepted an FA charge of violent conduct for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield on Sunday.

Last Updated: 24/04/13 at 15:02 Post Comment

Luis Suarez: Clashed with Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday

Luis Suarez: Clashed with Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday

However, Suarez disputes the FA's belief that the standard ban of three matches is insufficient in this instance, due to the severity of his offence.

Suarez will learn his fate on Wednesday, when an Independent Regulatory Commission, consisting of a chairperson, a former professional footballer, and a member of the FA Council, will hear the case.

The 26-year-old Suarez has regularly been embroiled in controversy since arriving at Liverpool in 2011 and was given an eight-game ban last season when he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

He has been in superb form this term but found himself in trouble once again when he bit Ivanovic on the arm during the second-half of Sunday' Premier League contest.

Apologised subsequently

The officials missed the incident and Suarez went on to score an extra-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw but he subsequently apologised to Ivanovic, was fined by Liverpool, and hit with the FA charge.

Suarez was suspended for seven matches in 2010 for biting a player while playing for Ajax and the FA intend to argue that he should once again be given a lengthy suspension.

However, an FA statement read: "Suarez has denied the FA's claim that the standard punishment of three matches is clearly insufficient for this offence.

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

Wednesday's crucial hearing will take place via video conference and will feature written submissions only, as part of the FA's fast track disciplinary process.

There is no standard minimum or maximum punishment for biting in football's disciplinary code and Suarez will be entitled to appeal if he feels any ban is too severe.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli missing from Italy squad

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been left out of new Italy coach Antonio Conte's first squad.

Scottish Premiership: Dundee v Celtic team news

Team news for Sunday's Scottish Premiership cash between Dundee and Celtic at Dens Park (12:30 KO).

Premier League: Mark Hughes wants Stoke to push on after win at Manchester City

Mark Hughes has urged Stoke to push on in the Premier League after they stunned Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property