LUIS Suarez has been given a nine-game international ban and a four-month suspension from all football for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.
The Uruguay forward will play no further part in the World Cup in Brazil after his attack on Chiellini during his side’s final group game on Tuesday, a 1-0 win which saw them progress at Italy’s expense.
FIFA confirmed the news at its daily briefing in Rio de Janeiro. The player has also been fined 100,000 Swiss francs (just under £66,000).
The four-month ban would prevent Suarez playing club football for Liverpool, but he and the Uruguay FA are able to appeal against the sanctions.
However, even if the appeal is lodged and the process is under way he will not be able play in any matches.