Date: 24th April 2013 at 3:58pm
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The Independent Disciplinary Commission has handed Reds forward Luis Suarez a lengthy ten game suspension over the infamous biting incident…

Following Tuesday’s acceptance of a violent conduct charge from the Football Association (FA), Liverpool’s top scorer Luis Suarez has been provisionally banned for ten matches.

The decision, in relation to Suarez biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, was made on Wednesday afternoon by the Independent Disciplinary Commission tasked with investigating incidents missed by match officials.

A subsequent statement confirming the news, released by the FA, read: “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.

“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 midday on Friday 26 April to appeal [against] the additional suspension, above the standard three matches.”

Given the Uruguayan has already questioned the FA’s stance with regards the standard three match punishment being deemed insufficient in this case, there is a fair chance of him doing so.

Reds managing director Ian Ayre reacted to the decision by saying: “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.”

The ban, as it stands, will see Suarez miss Liverpool’s remaining four Premier League fixtures this season, against Newcastle United, Everton, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers, plus the first six competitive games of the 2013-14 campaign.

If the 26-year-old does decide to challenge the punishment he will remain available for selection until an appeal hearing can be heard.

Suarez is no stranger to lengthy absences from the game after serving an eight match ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra in October 2011.

Since joining Liverpool in January of the same year, and despite not receiving a red card at any point, Suarez has now been banned for a total of 20 games.

In addition to the two lengthy suspensions, the tally also includes one match for unsavoury hand gestures towards Fulham fans in December 2011 and one for reaching five yellow cards before the end of December this season.

Before moving to England, the former Ajax striker also missed seven matches for a similar biting incident involving PSV’s Otman Bakkal.

Vital Verdict
As we feared Suarez has been severely reprimanded for his latest moment of madness. The news is of course a massive blow to both the club and player and it will be interesting to see if there is an appeal lodged. The initial reaction suggests there might be but similar protestations at the eight match racism ban did not lead to a challenge. We predicted the ban would be around the 10 game mark, based largely on the cumulative effect of his previous misdemeanours, so therefore the severity is hardly a surprise. However, was it really a more serious incident than racist abuse or a tackle that breaks an opponent’s leg and risks ending their career? He will be sadly missed and only time will tell what impact it will have on Liverpool’s hopes for next season and Suarez’s future in general.

Top 5 Longest FA Bans
9 months – Eric Cantona for kicking a supporter in 1995
9 months – Mark Bosnich for positive cocaine test in 2003
8 months – Rio Ferdinand for missing a drugs test in 2003
12 games – Joey Barton for two counts of violent conduct during the same game (vs Manchester City) in 2012
11 games – Paolo Di Canio for pushing referee Paul Alcock in 1998

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