Liverpool ‘shocked’ by severity of Luis Suárez’s 10-game ban for bite

Managing director Ian Ayre says Liverpool are shocked by the severity of Luis Suárez's punishment for biting Branislav Ivanović

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Luis Suárez bit Branislav Ivanović in Sunday's 2-2 draw at Anfield Photo: Sky Sports

Liverpool say they are “shocked” by the severity of Luis Suárez’s punishment after the striker was handed a 10-game ban by the FA for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanović.

Suárez, who apologised to the Serbia international after Sunday’s 2-2 draw with the Blues at Anfield and has been fined by the Reds, accepted a charge of violent conduct on Monday.

The 26-year-old had objected to a ban of anything more than the standard three games, but an FA independent regulatory commission on Wednesday issued Suárez with a 10-match suspension.

“Both the club and player are shocked and disappointed at the severity of today’s Independent Regulatory Commission decision,” said Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre.

“We await the written reasons tomorrow before making any further comment.”

Liverpool have until 12:00BST on Friday to appeal the FA’s decision.

Suárez’s ban covers the final four games of the current season and the first six games of the 2013-14 campaign.

An FA statement read: “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.

“The Liverpool forward had accepted a charge of violent conduct but had denied The FA’s claim that the standard three-match sanction was insufficient for the offence.

“The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed.

“Suarez has until midday on Friday 26 April to appeal the additional suspension, above the standard three matches.”

Suárez, who has scored 22 Premier League goals this season, was banned for eight games last season after racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

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