Liverpool’s Luis Suárez charged with violent conduct by FA
Liverpool's Luis Suárez is charged with violent conduct by the Football Association for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic
Liverpool striker Luis Suárez has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.
The 26-year-old forward was pictured sinking his teeth into the Chelsea defender’s arm in the second half of Sunday’s 2-2 draw with the Blues at Anfield.
The FA said that the incident had not been seen by match officials and therefore has been retrospectively reviewed.
A statement from the governing body read: “It is alleged that the conduct of Suárez constitutes violent conduct and it is The FA’s contention that the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient in these circumstances.
“Suarez has until 18:00 on Tuesday 23 April to respond to the charge, thereafter an Independent Regulatory Commission will be convened this Wednesday 24 April.”
The news comes after Liverpool insisted that Suárez’s future remains at the club despite fining him for the incident.
Asked if the controversy will affect Suárez’s position at the club, Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said: “Not at all.
“It affects his future in the sense that we have to work with him on his discipline – but Luis is a very important player to the club.
“He’s a very popular player with his team-mates. As we keep saying, he signed a new four-year contract last summer and we’d all love to see him here throughout that contract.
“He’s a fantastic player, top scorer and everything we’d want in a striker, so there’s no change there. This is more about getting him back on the right track and it’s largely down to Brendan now to work with him on that side of his character.”
Ayre added: “We’ve taken action to fine Luis for his actions. Brendan [Rodgers] has spoken to him and I’ve spoken to him, and Brendan will be working with him further on his discipline.
“You can see when you speak to him how sorry he is about it and he’s certainly shown quite a lot of contrition to us – and as part of that, he’s also asked we donate the fine to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.
“I think he felt like he let a lot of people down yesterday. We’ll work with Luis – Brendan particularly – on this side of his character in his game. Hopefully that puts the matter to rest from our point of view and we’ll wait and see if there’s any further action from the football authorities.”
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