FIFA may extend Suarez ban

03 July 2010 11:31

FIFA have confirmed that Uruguay striker Luis Suarez could miss the rest of the World Cup following his hand-ball against Ghana

The Ajax striker was given a straight red card for saving Dominic Adiyiah's goalbound-header on the line in extra-time. Asamoah Gyan missed the resultant spot kick and the African nation lost a penalty shoot-out, after which Suarez celebrated with his team-mates on the pitch.

FIFA spokesman Pekka Odriozola told a media briefing: "For automatic red cards there is an automatic one-match suspension. The disciplinary committee also opens a case and they will be looking at that incident and taking a decision."

Suarez will serve an automatic one-match ban ruling him out of the semi-final with Holland but FIFA's disciplinary committee will look at the case to see whether he should also be suspended for Uruguay's last match of the tournament - which will be either the final or the third-place play-off.

FIFA's disciplinary code gives the committee the option of a longer ban for "unsportsmanlike conduct".

Suarez is being hailed as a hero in his home country but the incident has provoked condemnation in other parts of the world.

His action is also contrary to FIFA's fair play code which states: "Winning is without value if victory has been achieved unfairly or dishonestly. Cheating is easy, but brings no pleasure".

Source: PA

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