World Cup - Pele: Suarez ban is fair

Brazil legend Pele has claimed that Luis Suarez’s four month ban from all football is a fair one.

Liga - Luis Suarez: FIFA treated me like a hooligan

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Luis Suarez lies on the pitch after appearing to bite Giorgio Chiellini

The Uruguay international was handed the sanction by FIFA after he was seen biting Giorgio Chiellini in the game against Italy in Natal.

The Juventus defender admitted he thought the punishment was ‘excessive’.

But the Santos hero has insisted that the Liverpool striker needed to be made an example of.

“If he was not sanctioned in this way, such incidents could be repeated,” he is quoted as saying by the BBC.

“It sets an example. He is a great player and will bounce back.”

Meanwhile, FIFA has confirmed that Suarez's proposed move to Barcelona will not be impeded by the suspension.

Claudio Sulser, the head of FIFA's disciplinary committee, said: "The player cannot have any activity related to football, but a medical examination for a transfer yes - the sanction is not linked to transfer rights."

The two clubs are thought to have made progress in discussions over the move, with an opening bid of around £56million said to have been made by the Catalan club.

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