Ajax player Luis Suarez accepted a 7 match ban for biting his opponent. The captain of the Amsterdam team made the offence in last weekend’s top match against PSV. International referee Björn Kuipers missed it, but Suarez got the ban after watching video footage.
The club already sanctioned Suarez with two matches and a “huge fine”, according to club officials. The amount is not made public, but will be given to a charity.
See the biting incident below. I think the referee should’ve seen it, because he got a clear from not more than a metre.
What do you think about the height of the ban? And does anyone know what the highest ban is in your country? Would be great to compare some countries.
Update: Highest ban in Dutch soccer is for Henk van Ramselaar who got a 2,5 year ban in 1975. The player got a red card by referee George Oetelmans and gave the ref after that a karate kick in his stomach. There’s no video footage of this, but Dutch journalist Michel van Egmond wrote a wonderful article about the offender, when he spoke Van Ramselaar about 30+ years after the incident.
als je kijkt naar die video met langste schorsingen – en dus de straffen bij verschillende overtredingen daar – lijkt t me n passende straf.
Biting is really the best part of soccer.