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Luis Suarez banned: Uruguay FA confirm they WILL appeal record ban as country's President claims Fifa decision feels like 'Uruguay have been thrown out of the World Cup'

Wilmar Valdez believes the punishment does not fit the crime and believes a nine-match international ban and four-month complete suspension is 'excessive'

The Uruguayan Football Association (UAF) has confirmed that it will appeal the nine-match international ban and four-month complete ban given to disgraced striker Luis Suarez after he was found guilty of biting an opponent for a third time.

Follow live reaction to Suarez's ban here

The UAF President Wilmar Valdez said that the ban is “excessive and sever” and goes against the evidence that was produced, which showed Suarez biting the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 victory on Tuesday.

Suarez given record ban for Chiellini bite

Valdez also described the ban, which is the biggest in Fifa World Cup history, felt as though Uruguay have “been thrown out of the World Cup” ahead of their second round clash against Colombia on Saturday night.

“We are preparing our appeal now, we have three days to do it,” said Valdez.

“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.


“It's feels like Uruguay has been thrown out of the World Cup. We all know what Suarez means to Uruguay and to football around the world - not having Suarez would be a loss to any team.”

Suarez will miss up to 18 matches for club and country should Uruguay reach the semi-finals, and his four month ban from all forms of football means he has had to leave the training camp immediately, and he is not allowed to train with any side nor step foot in a football stadium until the end of October.

Games Suarez will miss:

Saturday 28 June: Uruguay v Colombia World Cup second round

Friday 4 July: World Cup quarter-final

Tuesday 8 July: World Cup semi-final

Saturday 12 July: World Cup third place play-off OR Sunday 13 July: World Cup final

Saturday 16 August:  Liverpool v Southampton

Saturday 23 August: Manchester City v Liverpool

Saturday 30 September: Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool

Saturday 13 September: Liverpool v Aston Villa

Tuesday 16/Wednesday 17 September: Champions League group game

Saturday 20 September: West Ham United v Liverpool

Tuesday 23/Wednesday 24 September: Capital One Cup third round

Saturday 27 October: Liverpool v Everton

Tuesday 30 September/Wednesday 1 October: Champions League group game

Saturday 4 October: Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion

Thursday 9 October: Saudi Arabia v Uruguay

Saturday 18 October: Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool

Tuesday 21/Wednesday 22 October: Champions League group game

Saturday 25 October: Liverpool v Hull City