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Dutch body wants 7-match ban on Suarez for biting

Luis Suarez of Ajax reacts during the first round group G Champions League soccer match against Real Madrid at the Arena stadium in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tuesday Nov. 23, 2010. Luis Suarez of Ajax reacts during the first round group G Champions League soccer match against Real Madrid at the Arena stadium in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tuesday Nov. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)
November 24, 2010

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AMSTERDAM—The Dutch Football Federation proposed a seven-match ban Wednesday for Ajax striker Luis Suarez for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal in a league match.

Ajax, which fined Suarez on Monday and banned him for two matches, had until Wednesday afternoon to respond to the proposed penalty. If the club does not react, the case will be discussed at a disciplinary hearing Thursday.

The federation accused Suarez of "a violent act -- biting an opponent."

The referee did not see the incident in injury time of Saturday's 0-0 draw and Suarez was not punished. After the incident, Bakkal pulled down his shirt to show a red mark on his collarbone.

The incident has drawn comparisons to boxer Mike Tyson biting off part of Evander Holyfield's right ear in a 1997 bout.

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