Uruguay’s Luis Suarez has been told You Are Gone from the World Cup by FIFA.
He has been banned for the next nine of his countries international matches and the next four months of play anywhere on the planet.
FIFA got this right, although they have never been far from scandal.
The world governing body of Football had to show they were the boss. The players do not rule the game, FIFA does.
FIFA brought the HAMMMER DOWN on Suarez, who could have been banned for up to 2 years for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.
The first match of the ban will be Saturday when Uruguay faces Columbia in the round of 16. The nine international matches will bleed into next year’s Copa America, which is the championship of South America. Uruguay is the defending champs.
This is a significant hit to Suarez and his country.
The four month ban means the big-toothed biter will miss the first two and a half months of matches for his club team, Liverpool FC in the English Premier League. Suarez was also fined for his third gnawing of an opponent in 4 years.
The best part of the suspension by FIFA, Suarez cannot appeal. In years past, players have appealed decisions, and then played the next match, while the process played out. FIFA nipped that in the bud.
This incident overshadowed a wonderful group stage of the tournament which saw 136 goals scored, for an average of almost three per game. Short of wiring Suarez’s jaw shut, FIFA did not bite off more than it could chew with the punishment.