Suarez banned for 10 games for Ivanovic bite

Updated: Apr 25, 2013, 12:44 PM IST

The Uruguayan was captured by TV cameras biting into the defender`s arm in the second half of the two sides` 2-2 draw at Anfield, before later going on to seal the injury-time equaliser.

Suarez accepted the charge on Tuesday, but rejected the FA`s notion that a three-game ban should be deemed insufficient and has until midday on April 26 to appeal the decision - with Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre expressing his and the club`s "shock and disappointment" at the ban.

The striker is currently set to ‘miss’ Liverpool`s four remaining Premier League games - including the visit of rivals Everton on May 5 - and the Reds` opening six games of the 2013-14 season.

The FA statement read, "Luis Suarez has been suspended for a total of 10 matches after an Independent Regulatory Commission ruled on a charge of violent conduct on Thursday.

"A three-person Independent Regulatory Commission upheld on Thursday, 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."

This is the second time Suarez has been handed a lengthy ban during his 27-month stay at Anfield after being suspended for eight games after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra last season.

The Uruguayan also received a seven-game ban in November 2010 for biting PSV midfielder Otman Bakkal while at Ajax.