Suarez’s nine-game playing ban and four-month suspension from football activities for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s 1-0 group victory is the heaviest penalty imposed on a player in a World Cup tournament. The ban is larger than the eight-match suspension imposed on Italy’s Mauro Tassotti for breaking the nose of Spain’s Luis Enrique in the 1994 tournament and the three-match ban imposed on France’s Zinedine Zidane for headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the 2006 final. Chile goalkeeper Roberto Rojas was banned for life after feigning injury by cutting himself with a blade concealed in his glove in a match against Brazil, but this occurred in a qualifier not the finals tournament.
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