Luis Suarez latest: Fifa President Sepp Blatter hopes £75m striker returns sooner rather than later

Four month ban was handed out by an independent disciplinary panel

Sepp Blatter hopes to see Luis Suarez back in action soon.

Suarez was sent home early from the World Cup in shame after biting Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay's group stage win over Italy.

Given that it was the third time he had bitten a fellow professional, FIFA's disciplinary committee banned the Barcelona forward from 'all football-related activity' for four months.

There was outcry in Uruguay at the ban, but Blatter said the record punishment was completely out of his hands.

The FIFA president felt sorry to lose Suarez early from the tournament, and he hopes the Uruguay striker will be ready and determined to represent his country again soon.

"As a footballer I feel with him that such a punishment... it hurts, it hurts," Blatter said at his final press conference in Rio.

"But as FIFA president I have to accept the decisions that are taken by our independent committees.

"I do hope that this player will come back to football because on the pitch what he has shown so far... I have seen his capacity technically and tactically to do what he can do - his smelling of the goal...

"I do hope he will be back, He is now in one of the greatest clubs in the world."