Luis Suarez banned for 10 games for biting - so what are the longest bans ever in English football?

Luis Suarez has been hit with a 10-game suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic

The FA have banned Luis Suarez for 10-games after the Liverpool striker bit the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Here, we take a look at the lengthiest bans in English football, and see how Suarez's suspension compares...

 

David Layne, Peter Swan and Tony Kay (Sheff Weds): The trio were banned for life after betting on their own team to lose, 1965. ( However, the ban was lifted after seven years)

 

Billy Cook (Oldham Athletic): Banned for 12 months after refusing to leave the pitch after being sent off against Middlesbrough for persistent fouling, 1915.

 

Eric Cantona (Man Utd): 9 month ban for a kung-fu kick on a Crystal Palace fan, 1995.

 

Mark Bosnich (Chelsea): 9 month ban after testing positive for cocaine.

 

Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd): 8 months for forgetting to turn up for a drugs test, 2003.

 

Adrian Mutu (Chelsea): 7 months and £20,000 for failing a drugs test for cocaine, 2004.

 

Frank Barson (Watford): 6 months for allegedly kicking an opponent, which was denied by both him and the opposing team, and in spite of a 5,000 signature petition presented to the FA, 1928.

 

Kolo Toure (Man City): 6 months for failing a drugs test, which he claimed was caused by taking his wife's diet pills, 2011.

 

Vinnie Jones (Wimbledon): 6 months, suspended for 3 years, and £20,000 for releasing a video glamourising violence and dirty tricks, 1992.

 

Joey Barton (Man City): 12 matches (6 suspended), 4 month suspended prison sentence, 200 hours of community service and £25,000 for ABH on team mate Ousmane Dabo in training, 2007.

 

Joey Barton (QPR): 12 matches for elbowing Carlos Tevez, kneeing Sergio Aguero and trying to head-butt Vincent Kompany in the space of a minute, 2012.

 

Paulo Di Canio (Sheff Weds): 11 games and £10,000 for pushing over referee Paul Alcock in a league match against Arsenal, 1998.

 

Billy Bremner (Leeds) and Kevin Keegan (Liverpool): banned for 11 matches for fighting and dissent in the Charity Shield, 1974.

 

David Prutton (Southampton): 10 games and £6,000 for pushing referee Alan Wiley after being sent off, also against Arsenal, 2005.

 

Luis Suarez (Liverpool): 10 games for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in an off-the-ball incident, 2013.

 

Peter Dobing (Stoke): 9 weeks (described as a 'record ban' in the newspapers) and £150 for three bookings in the first half of the season, while under suspended sentence for previous bookings, 1971.

 

Paul Davis (Arsenal): 9 games and £3,000 for breaking Glenn Cockerill's jaw with a punch off the ball, 1988.

 

Peter Osgood (Chelsea): 8 weeks and £150 for being booked six times in the space of a year, 1971.

 

Ben Thatcher (Man City): 8 games for a vicious elbow which knocked out Pedro Mendes in 2006.

 

Luis Suarez (Liverpool): 8 games and £40,000 for racially abusing Patrice Evra, 2011.

 

Patrick Vieira (Arsenal): 6 matches and £45,000 for spitting at Neil Ruddock followed by an altercation with a policeman in the tunnel when he was sent off, 1999.

 

David Batty (Newcastle): 6 matches for pushing referee David Elleray after being sent off in a match against Blackburn, 1998.

 

Ian Ure (Arsenal) and Denis Law (Man Utd): 6 weeks plus loss of wages for the same period for fighting, 1967.

 

Roy Keane (Man Utd): 5 games and £150,000 for comments about his pre-meditated attack on Alfie Inge Haaland in his autobiography, 2002 (added to the 3 match ban for the tackle itself, served in 2001).

 

Billy Bonds (West Ham): 5 weeks and £100 for spitting at a Hull opponent in retaliation for a foul, 1970.

 

John Terry (Chelsea): 4 game ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in 2011. Ban imposed in 2012.

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