Liverpool announces that Suarez, the player involved in the biting incident, is going to Barcelona and has signed a five-year contract with the team. Spanish football and Bleacher Report UK expert Guillem Balague reports the deal is worth £64 million. The Reds confirm this on their official website:
Liverpool FC confirms that Luis Suarez will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona. We would like to thank Luis for his contribution and the role he played in helping bring Champions League football back to Anfield. Everyone at Liverpool Football Club wishes Luis and his family well for the future.
Suarez released a statement on Liverpool’s website
It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain. Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city. But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters. I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision. This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife’s family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.
FC Barcelona shirts printed with Luis Suarez’s name go on sale at merchandiser Futbol Mania in Spain, preempting an expected £63 million move by the 27-year-old Uruguayan forward away from the Barclays Premier League’s Liverpool FC. The shirts feature the squad number 9, which currently belongs to Chilean Alexis Sanchez who is in the process of signing for Arsenal FC for a reported 32 million pounds. The shirts are yet to go on sale in the official Barca shop or be featured on the club’s official website. Suarez remains under a four-month ban from all football activities and a stadium ban, imposed for improper conduct during the 2014 World Cup.
Suarez offers a public apology for biting Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s World Cup game against Italy on June 24. The apology comes after Suarez was banned for nine games and suspended from all soccer-related activities for four months for the incident.
The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me. For this I deeply regret what occurred. I apologize to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family. I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this.
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.
FIFA bans Suarez for nine international matches and from all football activity for four months after he is found guilty of biting Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy, ruling him out of playing representing Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup knockout stage. He will also miss league, cup and European matches with club Liverpool FC. A FIFA statement:
The player Luis Suarez is to be suspended for nine official matches. The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming [round of 16] FIFA World Cup fixture between Colombia and Uruguay. The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay’s next FIFA World Cup matches, as long as the team qualifies, and/or in the representative team’s subsequent official matches. The player is banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity — administrative, sports or any other — for a period of four months. A stadium ban is pronounced against Luis Suarez, who is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban