Monday 22 April 2013
Liverpool forward Luis Suarez could be banned for more than three matches after he was charged by the Football Association with violent conduct.
The charge follows a clash with Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Sunday's 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw at Anfield.
Suarez and Ivanovic came together in the second half of the contest with the Reds forward appearing to bite the arm of the Serb.
"The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed," read a statement on TheFA.com.
"It is alleged that the conduct of Suarez 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.
"You can see when you speak to him how sorry he is about it"
Ian Ayre on Luis Suarez
"Suarez has until 6pm on Tuesday 23 April to respond to the charge, thereafter an Independent Regulatory Commission will be convened this Wednesday, 24 April."
Earlier on Monday, Liverpool confirmed that they had fined the 26-year-old, with the Uruguayan asking for the money to be donated to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.
"We've taken action to fine Luis for his actions," Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre told the club's website. "[Manager] 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."
Asked about whether the incident affects the player's future at Anfield, Ayre added: "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."
Suarez released a statement on Sunday night apologising for his behaviour, which he called "inexcusable".
He scored with an injury-time header to earn a draw that puts Liverpool five points behind sixth-placed Everton. Their next match is away to Newcastle United on Saturday.