Suarez punishment excessive - Chiellini

The 29-year-old Italy defender feels the actions taken by Fifa are too strong, hoping that the decision to prevent him from watching his Uruguay teammates will also be overturned
Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini believes Luis Suarez's punishment for biting is "excessive" and has offered his sympathy to the striker.

Chiellini was bitten by the controversial Uruguay forward during Tuesday's World Cup clash between the two sides in Natal, a match that was overshadowed by Suarez's actions.

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It was the third time in four years that Suarez had bitten an opponent, prompting Fifa to hand out a four-month ban from all football-related activity and a nine-match competitive international suspension.

But Chiellini has now broke his silence on the punishment and feels the verdict from football's governing body is harsh on the 27-year-old, adding that he hopes Suarez is able to stay in Celeste camp in Brazil.

"At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period," Chiellini said in a statement on his official website.

"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 team-mates during the games because such a ban is really alienating for a player.

"Now inside me there's no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that's done.

"There only remain (sic) the anger and the disappointment about the match."

Uruguay have already expressed concern with the ban with Football Association chairman, Wilmar Valdez, confirming an appeal is being prepared, while Liverpool have also announced they will 'review Fifa's report'.