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Suarez draws 10-game suspension

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's actions came back to bite him on Wednesday when the English Football Association banned him for 10 games after sinking his teeth into an opponent during a Premier League game.

The suspension, which effectively ends his season, prompted Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre to say the club was "shocked and disappointed" by the ruling. Suarez will miss the remaining four games this season and the first six next year.

Suarez admitted to biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the upper right arm during a game on Sunday at Anfield. He later apologized.

"A three-person independent regulatory commission today upheld the FA's claim that a suspension of three matches was clearly insufficient and the player will serve a further seven first-team matches in addition to the standard three," the FA said in a statement. "The suspension begins with immediate effect."

Suarez has until Friday to appeal the extra seven games added to his suspension.

It's not the first time Suarez has run into trouble. He was banned for seven games in 2010 for a similar biting incident and suspended eight games in December 2011 for directing racial slurs at Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during a game.
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