Date: 26th April 2013 at 2:45pm
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Liverpool FC and star striker Luis Suarez have decided not to appeal his 10-match suspension for violent conduct…

As expected, Liverpool FC and Luis Suarez have begrudgingly accepted a lengthy ban imposed by the Football Association following Sunday’s biting incident against Chelsea.

Suarez, who sank his teeth into Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic, accepted a violent conduct charge on Tuesday but voiced displeasure that the FA were intending to punish him beyond the standard three-match ban.

The Independent Regulatory Commission, tasked with investigating incidents retrospectively when missed by matchday officials, subsequently convened and administered the heavier punishment on Wednesday.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and the club’s managing director Ian Ayre both immediately voiced their displeasure at proceedings but ultimately the decision to appeal or not was left primarily to the player.

Explaining his choice, Suarez tweeted: “I acknowledge that my actions were not acceptable on the football pitch so I do not want to give the wrong impression to people by making an appeal.”

The 26-year-old had until midday today (Friday 26th April) to appeal but will now start the ban immediately meaning he misses tomorrow’s match against Newcastle United.

A statement from the FA, confirming the news, read: “Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has not appealed the suspension issued to him by an Independent Regulatory Commission this week.

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

“The suspension begins with immediate effect and applies to Liverpool FC’s next ten domestic first-team fixtures.

“This sanction followed an incident with Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in Sunday’s fixture at Anfield.

“The FA intends to publicise the Independent Regulatory Commission’s written reasons in due course.”

The ban will also see Suarez miss Liverpool’s other remaining Premier League fixtures this season – against Everton, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers – plus the first six competitive games of the 2013-14 campaign.

Rodgers has reacted to the impending absence of his top scorer in a club statement, saying: “We can’t hide our disappointment at the outcome of this situation, but we have to move on and support Luis in his decision.

“Luis has made a huge contribution to the squad this season and we respect his decision to accept the ban.

“He will be missed for the remainder of this season and the early part of next, but we will have the opportunity to welcome a better person and player when he returns.”

Vital Verdict
As with the length of the ban, we were correct to predict that there would be no appeal. Although the club and player can understandably feel hard done by, it is not a clear cut case and therefore they would have run the danger of having the ban increased with a failed appeal. Although unlikely, hopefully the incident will now be put to one side and everyone can focus on playing football again. Suarez will be sorely missed but we now need to concentrate on adapting to the situation as opposed to feeling sorry for ourselves.

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