RIO DE JANEIRO: The appeal filed by Uruguayan footballer Luis Suarez by FIFA on Thursday. Earlier, the Uruguay forward Luis Suarez received a ban from all soccer activity for four months and nine competitive internationals for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match.
The appeal lodged by Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) was declined by FIFA’s appeals committee, although the case can still be taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as stated by a FIFA spokesperson.
The incident took place when the controversial Liverpool striker drilled his teeth into Italian Chiellini’s shoulder during a match played on June 24. With the win over Italy, Suarez’s team led to the last 16 where they had to face Colombia without the banned striker.
The 27-year-old forward footballer initially discarded biting Chiellini but apologized a week later.
“The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bit in the collision he suffered with me,” Suarez tweeted.
FIFA’s disciplinary committee maintained that the act was done intentionally and handed him the longest ban ever imposed on a player at the World Cup, prompting ferocity in his South American homeland, where he was given a hero’s welcome on his return. FIFA later justified the punishment as the player showed ruthless attitude after deliberately harming the opposite team’s player.
On the other hand, Chiellini, the player who has been suffered from the vile act of Suarez, also considered the ban to be excessive.