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Manchester, England • Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will serve a 10-match ban for biting an opponent during a Premier League game after deciding not to appeal one of English soccer's harshest sanctions for on-the-field misbehavior.

His suspension will begin immediately, meaning he'll miss the last four games of this season and the first six of next season, the English Football Association said Friday. The Uruguay international bit the upper arm of Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during a 2-2 draw on Sunday. Suarez apologized to Ivanovic after the match, was fined by Liverpool and earned the wrath of the British Prime Minister.

On Friday, Suarez posted a statement on his website that said he chose not to appeal to avoid giving "the wrong impression."

The Associated Press

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