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Suarez BiteIndependent Regulatory Commission explain Luis Suarez ten-game bite ban

Suarez BiteIndependent Regulatory Commission explain Luis Suarez ten-game bite ban

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Suarez BiteIndependent Regulatory Commission explain Luis Suarez ten-game bite ban
Suarez BiteIndependent Regulatory Commission explain Luis Suarez ten-game bite ban

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Published by: Dan Kay on Apr 26, 2013
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THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
 
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Mr LUIS SUAREZLiverpool FC
THE DECISION AND REASONSOF THE FA REGULATORY COMMISSION
 
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Introduction
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1 – 6The Charge
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7 – 9The Plea
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10 – 11Relevant FA Rules and Regulations
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12 – 14The Regulatory Commission
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15 – 73Our Conclusion
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74 – 75The Sanction
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TheFAvLuisSuarezDecision&ReasonsofTheFARegulatoryCommission
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Introduction
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On Sunday, 21 April 2013, Liverpool FC (“Liverpool”) played in a PremierLeague match against Chelsea FC (“Chelsea”) at Anfield, with a kick-off time of4pm. This match was broadcast live by the radio and television to millions ofdomestic and overseas audiences.2.
 
In the 65
th
minute of the above match, an alleged incident of Liverpool playerMr Luis Suarez biting Chelsea player Mr Branislav Ivanovic had occurred.3.
 
The Match Officials did not see this incident, and therefore no action was takenagainst Mr Suarez at the time, but it was caught by the cameras and broadcastlive by the television and radio.4.
 
This incident became a huge topic of discussion for the media, other interestedparties and the general public alike.5.
 
Mr Suarez issued an apology for his actions and Liverpool stated that they hadfined Mr Suarez an undisclosed sum, which was reportedly donated to theHillsborough Family Support Group.6.
 
The incident was on the field of play, which fell within Law 12 and was notseen by the Match Officials but was caught on video. In accordance with theirRules and Regulations, The Football Association (“The FA”) reviewed theincident retrospectively.
The Charge
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On Monday, 22 April 2013, The FA charged Mr Suarez with misconduct for abreach of FA Rule E3, alleging that Mr Suarez’s behaviour in or around the 65
th
 minute of the match constituted violent conduct.8.
 
The FA also claimed that the standard punishment that would otherwise apply– which for a standard charge of violent conduct is a three-match suspension –is clearly insufficient.9.
 
Mr Suarez had until 6:00pm on Tuesday, 23 April 2013, to reply to the Chargeand provide any documentation or other material in support of his case.

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