Suarez Bite Results in FIFA 2015 Suspension

Rob Crossley
Controversial striker cannot be selected in career mode due to real-life ban.
Controversial striker cannot be selected in career mode due to real-life ban.

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Barcelona forward Luis Suarez will not be playable in FIFA 15's career mode until October 26--a virtual suspension mirroring his real-world ban.

On June 26, Suarez was banned from "football activity" for four months after playing for Uruguay in the World Cup, where he was caught biting the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder.

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This marked the third time Suarez had bitten another person during a football match, and resulted in FIFA implementing one of the most severe bans in the organization's history (he is also suspended from nine international matches, which makes it highly unlikely that he will play a part in 2015 Copa America tournament).

Electronic Arts has elected to imitate this suspension in FIFA 15, by informing players who choose Barcelona in career mode that they cannot play Suarez straight away.

Those who select Barcelona in career mode are informed via a notice from the club's chief executive, which reads:

"Please be aware that Luis Suarez is serving a suspension and will not be available for selection until 26 October 2014."

Suarez, who in May won the Barclay's Premier League Player of the Season award, signed for Barcelona weeks after his ban, in a deal believed to be worth in the region of £75 million.

FIFA 15 shipped across North America and Europe last week, and accounted for 80 percent of all physical game sales in the UK for that week.

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