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The meaning of Luis Suarez's ban

The Liverpool striker, Luis Suarez, has been slapped with a hefty ban by FIFA after his latest bite incident.

The Uruguayan striker was involved in an ugly confrontation with Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during his side's World Cup win last Tuesday.

But after opening disciplinary proceedings, FIFA have decided to ban the striker for nine games and from all football activity for four months.

It remains to be seen how Liverpool will react to the suspension, with Suarez set to miss a large chunk of next season.

But what does the ban mean? Try and digest it here in numbers. Nine: Suarez will miss nine international matches with Uruguay. That means he will sit out their World Cup last 16 clash with Colombia and any other remaining games in the tournament, should they progres.

If his side go out, Suarez will miss any of their next fixtures, including Copa America.

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Four: The striker will be banned from all football activity for four months, starting now. That means he will miss at least the first two months of the Premier League season - similarly to his suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic.

£65,000: FIFA have also fined Suarez £65,000 for his latest crazy moment. Given how much he earns in a week, that sum is unlikely to make too much difference to his bank balance.

Thirteen: He looks set to miss 13 Liverpool games, alongside their pre-season fixtures. His ban covers key fixtures against Manchester City and Everton, as well as three Champions League matchdays.

The Uruguayan's first game back will be a Capital One Cup clash on October 27, or against Newcastle on November 1.

Thirty-two: The number of games Suarez has missed through suspension in the past two and a half years is 32. He was given an eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra in 2011 during a clash with Manchester United.

At the end of the 2012/13 season, he was charged with biting Branislav Ivanovic and was handed a 10-game ban. Alongside his major indiscretions, Suarez was banned for one-match for swearing at Fulham supporters in 2011. Suarez was banned for 10 games for biting Ivanovic a year ago.

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£3million: The Uruguayan's current salary means Liverpool will pay him £3million in wages, before he plays again. Suarez penned a new long-term contract back in December, believed to be worth £200,000-a-week.

The poker firm are reviewing their relationship with Suarez following the incident in Natal.

He was presented as a brand ambassador only last month but he could now see numerous sponsors walk away.

The striker also enjoys a commercial relationship with Adidas, which would see him lose £1million if they walk away.

One: Despite all his controversial moments, Suarez has been sent off just once in his entire career. That of course came at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when he handled a goal-bound effort against Ghana.

Source: The Mirror

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