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Luis Suarez gets 10-game ban for bite

Branoslav Ivanovic reacts to Luis Suarez’s alleged bite. (Andrew Yates / AFP Getty Images)

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been issued a 10-game ban by the Football Association for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday.

Suarez, who was suspended for eight games in 2011 for racially abusing Patrice Evra, apologized for the move and was fined by Liverpool on Monday.

Afterward, Suarez reached out to Ivanovic. (Andrew Yates / AFP Getty Images)

The FA clearly felt that contrition was insufficient.

“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 FA said in a statement (via the BBC).

“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.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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