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Suarez accepts 10-game ban and seeks forgiveness

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http://www.euronews.com - LONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has asked for forgiveness after accepting a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in last weekend’s Premier League match.



The Uruguayan international had until Friday lunchtime to contest an FA Regulatory Commission’s decision to add seven games to the usual three for a violent conduct charge but opted against it.



“I hope the people I offended last Sunday will grant me forgiveness and I again repeat my personal apology to Branislav,” Suarez said on his Twitter account.



“While 10 games is clearly greater than those bans given in past cases where players have actually been seriously injured, I acknowledge my actions were not acceptable on the football pitch so I do not want to give the wrong impression to people by making an appeal.”



Suarez, who bit Serbian international Ivanovic on the arm during the 2-2 draw at Anfield before later scoring an injury-time equaliser, will not be eligible to play for Liverpool in domestic competition until September.



It is the second time the 26-year-old has been punished for biting an opponent after he bit PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal on the neck while at Ajax Amsterdam in 2010, earning a seven-match ban.



Suarez was also banned for eight games last season after being found guilty by the FA of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in October 2011.

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