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Poll of the Day: How many games should Suarez be banned for?

The Liverpool striker has accepted the Football Association's charge of violent conduct, so we ask our readers how strongly should the governing body punish the Uruguayan?

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has accepted the Football Association's charge for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, but has disputed the view a three-game ban is insufficient.

The Uruguayan sank his teeth into the defender's arm in the second half of the two sides' 2-2 draw at Anfield, later going on to seal the injury-time equaliser.

Whilst there is not too much precedent for this kind of incident, Suarez was suspended for seven matches during his time with Ajax for biting PSV's Otman Bakkal and he sat out eight Premier League matches last season for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe bit Javier Mascherano in 2006, as the most high-profile previous example of such an offence, but a yellow card at the time prevented retrospective punishment from the governing body.

Other example of extended bans in English football include Rio Ferdinand's eight-month suspension after missing a drugs test and Eric Cantona's for a similar period after attacking a Crystal Palace fan during a game.

HAVE YOUR SAY

What do you think? What kind of punishment should Suarez be facing this time around? A standard three-match ban or are you not expecting to see the striker again this season?

Let us know your thoughts by voting in our poll and leaving your comments below. You can also get in touch via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Poll of the day

How many matches should Suarez be banned for?

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