Uruguay to appeal Suarez ban
Luis Suarez (AFP)
Rio de Janeiro - The Uruguayan football association (AFU) has told football's world governing body FIFA it intends to appeal the ban on Luis Suarez.
FIFA spokesperson Delia Fischer said a written declaration of an intention to appeal was received by FIFA on Friday evening.
The Uruguayan association has until Sunday, July 6 to give the reasons for its appeal.
FIFA regulations, an intention to appeal must come within three days of
any sanctions ruling, and a further seven days is allowed to appeal in
writing after the first deadline has expired, Fischer said.
long FIFA's appeal committee will take to rule on Uruguay's appeal is
unclear but the appeal cannot lead to Suarez's nine-match, four-month
suspension being lifted pending any decision, Fischer said.
is not a precise timeline for the appeal committee on this. They always
try to do it in the quickest possible way," she said.
sanctioned on Thursday by FIFA's disciplinary committee for biting
Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder during the teams' World Cup
game on Tuesday.
It was a third such offence by the 27-year-old
striker following club football incidents while playing for Ajax and
Liverpool which led to lengthy bans.