The FA banned Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for 10 games yesterday, after he bit Branislav Ivanovic on the arm in the game against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. The Uruguayan’s punishment is just the latest in a line of long bans for Premier League players in the past. Here are the most significant ones in descending order:
Eric Cantona – The Manchester United striker was banned for nine months and ordered to do 120 hours of community service after he assaulted a Crystal Palace fan at Selhurst Park in 1995.
Mark Bosnich – The goalkeeper was banned for nine months in 2003 when a routine drugs test found that he had been using cocaine. Chelsea sacked him in the process and he lost his appeal against the ban.
Rio Ferdinand – The Manchester United defender was banned for eight months in 2003 after he failed to take a drugs test. Surprisingly, the FA didn’t accept his excuse that he had “forgotten about it”.
Joey Barton – The QPR midfielder was banned for 12 matches at the beginning of this season, after he attacked Sergio Aguero, headbutted Vincent Kompany and had to be held back from fighting Mario Balotelli in his club’s game against Manchester City at the end of last season.
Paolo Di Canio – The current Sunderland manager was banned for 11 games and fined £10,000 in 1998, after he had shoved referee Paul Alcock in a game for Sheffield Wednesday against Arsenal.
David Prutton – The former Southampton midfielder was given a 10 game ban and fined £6,000 after a similar incident to Di Canio, in which he shoved referee Alan Wiley after refusing to leave the field when he had been sent off.
Luis Suarez – He received an eight game ban at the end of 2011 when he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in a game between the rival clubs in October of the same year. Chelsea captain John Terry was also found guilty of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand and received a ban at this start of this season, however he was only to miss four games.
Ben Thatcher – The Manchester City player was banned for six games in 2006 after he elbowed Portsmouth’s Pedro Mendes, resulting in Mendes collapsing and having a seizure.
Roy Keane – The Manchester United legend was banned for five games in 2002 and fined £150,000 for controversially revealing in his autobiography that he intended to end the career of Alfie Haaland with his dangerous tackle.
A who’s who of offenders above. Does Suarez deserve a 10 game ban? Is it worse than his racism offence last season? Drop a comment and let us know your thoughts!
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