Luis Suárez has been found guilty by FIFA after biting fellow soccer player Girgio Chiellini during the decisive Italy vs. Uruguay World Cup match. The disciplinary committee have banned the Uruguayan striker from all soccer related activities for four months and from nine international matches. Organizers also fined Suárez for 100,000 Swiss francs (111,000 USD). "The player Luis Suarez is to be suspended for nine official matches. The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming [round of 16] FIFA World Cup fixture between Colombia and Uruguay," FIFA said in a statement. "The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay's next FIFA World Cup matches, as long as the team qualifies, and/or in the representative team's subsequent official matches."

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The FIFA statement also added: "A stadium ban is pronounced against the player Luis Suárez in accordance with art. 21 of the FDC as follows: the player Luis Suárez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban (point 3). The player Luis Suárez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium in which the representative team of Uruguay is playing while he has to serve the nine-match suspension (point 2)." The sanction goes into effect immediatly and the player has already been notified. "Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field," said Claudio Sulser, Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. "The Disciplinary Committee took into account all the factors of the case and the degree of Mr Suárez’s guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Code. The decision comes into force as soon it is communicated." 

Shortly after FIFA made the announcement Uruguay FA president Wilmer Váldez said they would appeal the decision. "We are preparing our appeal now, we have three days to do it," he told reporters. "It is an excessive decision and there was not enough evidence and I have seen more aggressive incidents recently. It is a severe punishment. I don't know exactly which arguments they used but it is a tough punishment for Suarez." The appeal could exploit a loophole and still have Suárez make an appearance during Uruguay's match against Colombia in the knockout stage. Filing the appeal could delay the suspension and wouldn't make the sanction effective until a new ruling is decided. Do you think the punishment was fair or excessive?