If Uruguay is going to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup, they’re going to have to do it without its top scorer Luis Suarez.
FIFA has suspended the Liverpool star for 9 international matches, 4 months from all competition (he cannot enter any soccer stadium over that time), and he’s been fined $111,740 after he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Tuesday’s match. The suspension is effective immediately.
Here’s the statement from FIFA:
“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. The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay’s next FIFA World Cup matches, as long as the team qualifies, and/or in the representative team’s subsequent official matches. The player 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 Luis Suarez, who is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban.”
Suarez is a repeat biting offender and has been disciplined for it in the past.
Before being suspended, Suarez was playing very well for his country. He scored both of Uruguay’s goals in a 2-1 win over England. After beating Italy 1-0 on Tuesday, Uruguay advanced to the knockout stage.
A transfer to FC Barcelona had been rumored for Suarez, and it’s unclear what kind of an impact this incident will have on that move happening.