Giorgio Chiellini: Luis Suarez’s four-month ban is ‘excessive’
Giorgio Chiellini believes Luis Suárez has been harshly punished by Fifa after striker is handed four-month ban
Giorgio Chiellini believes Luis Suarez has been harshly punished by Fifa – even though the Liverpool striker bit the defender in Italy’s decisive loss against Uruguay.
Suarez was handed a ban of nine international matches and four months of football-related activity by Fifa following the incident.
Chiellini and Italy were eliminated from the World Cup after defeats against Costa Rica and Uruguay and the Juventus centre-back only remains angry about the early tournament exit.
I sincerely hope he will be allowed to stay close to his team-mates during the games
Chiellini wrote in a blog on Sportlobster.com: “Now inside me there are no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident, which happened on the pitch and is done.
“There only remains the anger and the disappointment about the match. At the moment, my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period.
“I have always unequivocally considered the disciplinary interventions by the competent bodies, but at the same time I believe the proposed formula is excessive.
“I sincerely hope he will be allowed to stay close to his team-mates during the games, because such a ban is really alienating for a player.”
Suarez was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs for the incident, but the Uruguay FA have announced they will appeal the decision against their star player.
The ban is the biggest in World Cup history, eclipsing the eight-match suspension for Mauro Tassotti after an elbow on Luis Enrique in 1994.
Suarez, who was voted PFA Player of the Year, was previously banned for 10 Premier League matches after he sank his teeth into the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.