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Chiellini: Suarez Ban 'Excessive'

  • Reuters, Friday, June 27, 2014 1:34 PM

Giorgio Chiellini, the Italian player bitten by Luis Suarez this week, has called the Uruguayan’s subsequent four-month, worldwide soccer ban “excessive” and fears it could lead to the player becoming alienated. FIFA handed the punishment down on Thursday, thus ruling the Liverpool striker out of the rest of the World Cup and the start of the domestic season. In addition to being banned from the field, Suarez is not allowed to enter any soccer stadium or train with any professional team.

“Now inside me there’s no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suárez for an incident that happened on the field and that’s done. There only remain the anger and the disappointment about the match,” Chiellini told his official Web site. “At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period.

The Juventus defender added: “I have always considered unequivocal the disciplinary interventions by the competent bodies, but at the same time I believe that the proposed formula is excessive. I sincerely hope that he will be allowed, at least, to stay close to his teammates during the games because such a ban is really alienating for a player.”

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