Suarez accepts bite charge


    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has accepted a charge of violent conduct from the Football Association for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

    The case is being heard today and the striker is facing a hefty ban – which he has stated he does not feel he deserves and that three games is sufficient punishment.

    A statement issued on Tuesday stated: “Suarez has denied the FA’s claim that the standard punishment of three matches is clearly insufficient for this offence.”

    “The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed. An independent regulatory commission will hear the case tomorrow.”2013-04-23T182549Z_1_CBRE93M1F7500_RTROPTP_2_SOCCER-ENGLAND-SUAREZ-CHARGE[1]

    The three man commission will meet via videolink to discuss written transcripts from Suarez himself and by the FA.

    Following the incident, the 26-year-old Suarez apologised for biting Ivanovic and spoke to the Chelsea player personally to say sorry.

    The club have internally punished Suarez with a fine, which he requested by given to the HJC, but Ian Ayre has said that he expects Suarez to remain with the club into next season.

    Suarez has been charged for biting an opponent before. He was banned for seven games when playing for Ajax. He bit PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal on the shoulder during a match in November 2010 – which drew blood from the player, unlike Sunday’s altercation.

    Suarez has previously received an eight game ban and £40,000 fine for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

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