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Terespolis - Brazil striker Fred has said on Thursday the lengthy ban for biting handed down to Uruguay's Luis Suarez could "ruin his livelihood."
"You can't deny that he committed a mistake, but as a player and a human being who sometimes takes things to heart, I think (the ban) is too severe," said Fred at a press conference in Teresopolis in a rare show of unity between the old South American rivals.
"The majority of people I have spoken to about it think it is fair but it is a punishment that could ruin his livelihood.
"I think he has to be punished, but I would really like to see him continue playing in this World Cup in Brazil."
FIFA announced on Thursday morning that Suarez would be banned from all football-related activity for four months while also having to sit out his country's next nine matches and pay a fine of €82 000.
The 27-year-old striker was found guilty of biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini as the two challenged for the ball during Uruguay's 1-0 win on Tuesday.
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