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  • 27 June 2014, 20:19

Fifa Boss: 'Serial Biter Suarez Needs Treatment'

A top Fifa official has defended the punishment handed to Luis Suarez for biting a World Cup opponent, saying he should "seek treatment".

Secretary general Jerome Valcke told a news conference in Rio: "He should find something, it is definitely wrong."

The governing body's disciplinary committee has banned the 27-year-old Uruguayan from all football-related activity for four months.

It means he will miss 13 matches for Liverpool between the start of the season and the end of October.

He is also suspended for nine international games and has been fined 100,000 Swiss francs (66,000).

Suarez's lawyer has described the sanctions as "grotesque and absurd", while the international players union said they do not offer him the treatment he needs.

FifPro said "rehabilitation and serious treatment... must be a part of any sanction" for the striker.

Earlier Giorgio Chiellini, the Italian footballer bitten by Suarez during their Group D match on Tuesday, said he regarded his punishment as "excessive" and that he had "no feelings of revenge or anger".

He was speaking after Suarez's grandmother, Lila Piriz Da Rosa, said he had been victimised and treated "barbarically" by the World Cup organisers.

"They chucked him out of there like a dog," she sobbed, adding: "Everyone knows what they've done to Luis. They wanted him out of the World Cup. Perfect, they did it."

But Mr Valcke said the ban reflected his "unacceptable" behaviour on the world stage and that he should "seek treatment" as it was his third biting offence.

"What happened with Suarez was far beyond the fair play and the attitude you should have when you play at the World Cup," he said.

"I applaud the decision which was made by the committee to sanction the player in this way because what he did is unacceptable and not the image we want to give to the world."

He added: "I think he should find a way to stop doing it. He should go through a treatment and find something, it is definitely wrong.

"It is more than one incident that's why it is has to be exemplary."

In another blow to Suarez, one of his sponsors confirmed it was ending its deal with him.

Online betting firm 888poker said he had been hired following his "fantastic season" for Liverpool but added: "We have decided to terminate our relationship with immediate effect."

Suarez, who has already served lengthy bans for biting opponents in Holland and England, has returned to the Uruguayan capital Montevideo.

The Uruguay football federation is preparing an appeal in the hope of getting Fifa to reverse its decision.

Should Fifa dismiss the appeal, a further legal challenge is allowed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

If requested, it could freeze the punishment, allowing Suarez to resume training and playing for Liverpool while the challenge is dealt with.

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