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Luis Suárez Bite: Giorgio Chiellini Says Ban Is 'Excessive'

27/06/2014 11:57 BST | Updated 27/06/2014 20:59 BST

Giorgio Chiellini, the third opponent to be bitten by Luis Suárez, believes the Uruguayan's nine-match, four-month stadium ban is "excessive".

Suárez sunk his teeth into the Italian centre-back during Uruguay's World Cup Group D victory on Tuesday and will miss the rest of the finals, as well as the first three months of Liverpool's season and next year's Copa América.

The 27-year-old will appeal Fifa's sanction and Chiellini has some sympathy with Suárez.

Chiellini said: "Now inside me there's no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that's done. There only remain the anger and the disappointment about the match.

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

"I have always considered unequivocal the disciplinary interventions by the competent bodies, but at the same time I believe that the proposed formula is excessive. I sincerely hope that he will be allowed, at least, to stay close to his team mates during the games because such a ban is really alienating for a player."