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Bitten Italian Player Says Punishment 'Excessive'

Italy's Giorgio Chiellini shows his shoulder, claiming he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez, during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014.
Italy's Giorgio Chiellini shows his shoulder, claiming he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez, during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014.
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The Italian football (soccer) player bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez in a World Cup match earlier this week says the punishment handed down against Suarez was "excessive."

In a post on his website Friday, Italy's Giorgio Chiellini said he has always considered the punishments enforced by governing organizations as absolute.

But he said in this case FIFA, the governing body for international football, went too far by banning Suarez from nine international matches and preventing him from participating in football-related activities for four months.  Suarez was also fined $112,000 for the incident.

It was the harshest punishment ever handed down for an on-field incident at the World Cup.

Suarez bit Chiellini in the shoulder in a match won by Uruguay, 1-0, on Tuesday.  Officials have suspended Suarez twice before in club play for biting opposing players and once for using racially abusive language.

The punishment means Suarez, a star striker, will not be able to play in the World Cup's coveted round of 16, also known as the knockout round.

That round begins on Saturday with games featuring four South American teams.

 

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by: Ernest from: Zimbabwe
June 30, 2014 8:39 PM
Suares is a match-misfit thus zvavharana. akazviita mugore ra2010 ku SA against Ghana and several other fixtures. asara ndiNeymar, is too agressive

by: Rroller from: Washington
June 28, 2014 4:36 PM
God has nothing to do with this! Suarez feels his desires are more important than the international rules, or human decency for that matter, and for this he is being severely punished. I don't really care what Chiellini thinks about the FIFA punishment. He is one of the biggest "floppers"( fakers) in soccer, and is a postergirl for everything that we hate about soccer behavior in the US!

by: wigo from: ng
June 27, 2014 4:37 PM
Good football player but needs God's intervention as regards he's mouth and teeth problem.

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