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Soccer Star Suspended for 4 Months After World Cup Bite

A bite comes back to bite Luis Suárez

Uruguay soccer star Luis Suárez was suspended for nine matches and banned from any soccer-related activity for four months after he bit an opposing player, FIFA said Thursday.

FIFA’s disciplinary committee ruled that the striker had committed “an act of unsporting behavior towards another player.” Suárez bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match Tuesday. The suspension means Suárez will miss Uruguay’s upcoming match against Colombia on June 28. He will then have to sit out either more World Cup matches, depending on how far Uruguay advances, or other games in the future.

Suárez was also banned from entering any stadium during this period and will have to pay a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs, or $112,000.

“Such behavior cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field,” Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, said in a statement.

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