Luis Suarez escapes ban from FIFA

Liverpool star Luis Suarez will not be punished for punch in Uruguay fixture

Jordan Fitzgerald
Published 09/05/2013 16:20 by Jordan Fitzgerald, read by 3,097 people.

Luis Suarez has escaped disciplinary action from FIFA after he clashed with defender Gonzalo Jara in a World Cup qualifier between Uruguay and Chile in March.

The Liverpool striker is currently serving a 10-game domestic ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, however, the Uruguay Football Association (UFA) have confirmed Suarez will not be punished for the incident, despite appearing to strike his Chilean opponent.

A statement from the UFA read: “The officers of the Association's defence of Luis Suarez and the unjustified attempt to subject him to disciplinary action has been successfully completed.

"The decision of the FIFA disciplinary committee resolved that 'the matter does not require the intervention of the FIFA disciplinary committee and therefore this procedure is declared closed."

UFA president Sebastian Bauza believes the decisions implemented by the Football Association and FIFA will help benefit Suarez, with the player now sure to realise that his every move is under serious scrutiny.

"It's very good news for Luis, the national team and for the whole group," said Bauza.

"We understand that from now on, Luis should realise that he will be watched from all sides.”

"We hope that this experience, when added to others, will be useful so that he becomes the player will all want him to be because we have no doubt of his quality as a footballer and a human being."

Suarez will be available for selection when Uruguay host France in an international friendly on June 5th. He has made 62 appearances for his country, scoring 31 goals in the process.

However, he's best remembered globally for his work at the other end of the pitch, handballing on the goalline against Ghana during the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The African outfit then missed the subsequent penalty and crashed out of the tournament in a shootout.

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