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Luis Suarez ban was justice, not exemplary, says FIFA panel head who imposed punishment

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RIO DE JANEIRO — FIFA's disciplinary committee chairman says Luis Suarez received a just punishment and was not made an example of.

Claudio Sulser told reporters the Uruguay and Liverpool forward's World Cup biting case was "very severe."

PHOTO: Uruguay's soccer player Luis Suarez, center, with his children Benjamin, left, and Delfina, waves to fans from his home, before the start of his team's World Cup round 16 match with Colombia, on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay, Saturday, June 28, 2014. FIFA banned Suarez from all football activities for four months for biting an opponent at the World Cup, a punishment that rules him out of the rest of the tournament. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Uruguay's soccer player Luis Suarez, center, with his children Benjamin, left, and Delfina, waves to fans from his home, before the start of his team's World Cup round 16 match with Colombia, on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay, Saturday, June 28, 2014. FIFA banned Suarez from all football activities for four months for biting an opponent at the World Cup, a punishment that rules him out of the rest of the tournament. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

Suarez was banned for nine Uruguay matches, four months from all football and fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000) by Sulser's seven-man panel.

Sulser says through a translator: "one thing I mentioned in my capacity as the chairman is we don't need to impose an exemplary sanction, we need to have justice."

The former Switzerland player says he could not comment further because Suarez and the Uruguay football federation have appealed.

Sulser confirmed the ban from football activity would not stop Suarez having a medical to complete a possible transfer to Barcelona.

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