Claudio Sulser: 'Luis Suarez knew of disciplinary risks'

A close-up of Luis Suarez holding his gnashers on June 24, 2014.
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Claudio Sulser, FIFA's disciplinary chief, defends his decision to ban Luis Suarez from all football-related activity for four months.

FIFA's disciplinary chief has defended his decision to ban Luis Suarez from all football-related activity for four months.

The Uruguayan's ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini means that he cannot play for a club until the end of October, which has drawn criticism from Liverpool officials.

However, the head of FIFA's disciplinary committee, Claudio Sulser, said that an all-encompassing ban was the "risk" the player took.

Asked why the committee imposed a ban that affected Liverpool, Sulser told PA: "That's your opinion. It's a sanction against the player. That is the risk if you are a player and you are sanctioned at the World Cup.

"I agree with you it's a problem for Liverpool, but the sanction is in the disciplinary regulations."

The Uruguay Football Association have formally submitted an appeal to FIFA against the ban.

Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez reacts past Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014
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