Uruguay Football Association to appeal Luis Suarez's nine-match FIFA 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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The Uruguay FA is to appeal against Luis Suarez's nine-match international ban for biting the shoulder of Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.

The Uruguayan Football Association has confirmed that it will lodge an appeal against Luis Suarez's nine-match international ban.

The Liverpool striker was suspended by FIFA after he was found guilty of biting the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 win at the World Cup in Brazil on Tuesday.

Suarez, who has been fined around £66,000, has also been hit with a four-month ban from all football activity, but is permitted to complete a transfer away from Liverpool should that be a possibility this summer.

The Uruguayan FA had 21 days to respond to the decision, but the governing body's president Wilmar Valdez has revealed a matter of hours after the sanction was imposed that they will lodge an appeal.

Suarez has been punished twice before in his career for similar biting incidents.

Colombia players pose for a team photo prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Colombia at Arena Pantanal on June 24, 2014
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