Player Luis Suarez Bit Calls FIFA Punishment 'Excessive'

PHOTO: Uruguays Luis Suarez holds his teeth after running into Italys Giorgio Chiellinis shoulder
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The Italian soccer player who Uruguay's Luis Suarez sank his teeth into says FIFA's punishment is "excessive."

Despite the bite, Giorgio Chiellini said he has "no feelings of joy, revenge or anger" toward Suarez after FIFA, soccer' world governing body, announced that the player would be suspended for four months, meaning he's banned from playing the rest of the World Cup.

"At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period," Chiellini wrote on his blog today.

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He called FIFA's formula for disciplinary actions "excessive."

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PHOTO: Luis Suarez, left, appears to bite yet another opponent during Uruguay-Italy match, June 24, 2014.

"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," Chiellini wrote.

That won't happen. Suarez left the team on Thursday and is home in Montevideo.

PHOTO: Giorgio Chiellini of Italy pulls down his shirt after a clash with Luis Suarez of Uruguay (not pictured) as Gaston Ramirez of Uruguay looks on during the match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.
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PHOTO: Giorgio Chiellini of Italy pulls down his shirt after a clash with Luis Suarez of Uruguay (not pictured) as Gaston Ramirez of Uruguay looks on during the match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.

FIFA also banned Suarez, who plays for Uruguay's national team and Liverpool in England, from his next nine international matches, which will likely stretch beyond four months. The association said Suarez showed "unsporting behavior toward another player" when he chomped on Chiellini's shoulder during the Uruguay-Italy World Cup match on Tuesday.

Suarez also lost an endorsement deal with the betting website 888Poker, the company said today.

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