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Luis Suarez: Liverpool striker accepts 10-game biting ban

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has decided not to appeal his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

The Uruguay international was handed the suspension on Wednesday for a blatant bite on the Serbian’s arm during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with the Blues at Anfield, with manager Brendan Rodgers suggesting that the punishment was excessive. The Football Association has confirmed that the 26-year-old will not be appealing the decision and will sit out all 10 matches, the first of which will be Saturday’s clash with Newcastle.

An FA statement 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’s next 10 domestic first-team fixtures.

The sriker had earlier tweeted “I am truly very sorry. I hope that all the people who I have offended at Anfield last Sunday will grant me forgiveness,”. He added that, although his ban was greater than those in incidents where players had been badly injured, an appeal may “give the wrong impression”.

On the other hand, boss Brendan Rodgers had criticised the ban. Rodgers had cited incidents involving Jermain Defoe, who was booked for biting Javier Mascherano in 2006, and Chester defender Sean Hessey, who was banned for five matches in the same year, in support of Suarez.

The Uruguay international, who apologised to Ivanovic for his “inexcusable behaviour” in the 2-2 Premier League draw, has been criticised by Prime Minister David Cameron for setting “the most appalling example to young people in our country”.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp agreed with Rodgers that Mr Cameron’s comments, along with deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s subsequent endorsement of Suarez’s 10-match ban,  did not help Suarez’s case. “Once politicians have opinions, you could see he was going to be hammered,” said Redknapp.

Rodgers has insisted that Suarez is “still very much part of our family and very much part of our future” despite speculation that the ban may prompt him to seek a move abroad.

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