Suarez accepted the charge on Tuesday, but rejected the FA’s notion that a three-game ban should be deemed insufficient and has until midday on April 26 to appeal the decision – with Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre expressing his and the club’s “shock and disappointment” at the ban.
The striker is currently set to miss Liverpool’s four remaining Premier League games – including the visit of rivals Everton on May 5 – and the Reds’ opening six games of the 2013-14 season.
The FA statement read: “Luis Suarez has been suspended for a total of ten matches after an Independent Regulatory Commission today ruled on a charge of violent conduct.
“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.”
This is the second time Suarez has been handed a lengthy ban during his 27-month stay at Anfield after being suspended for eight games after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra last season.
The Uruguayan also received a seven-game ban in November 2010 for biting PSV midfielder Otman Bakkal while at Ajax.
Culled from: Goal.com