Ajax striker Luis Suarez has accepted a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal in a league match lasdt weekend.
Ajax, who fined Suarez on Monday and banned him for two matches, said it would not appeal against the Dutch Football Federation’s proposed ban, meaning no disciplinary hearing will be held and Suarez’s ban will start immediately.
The federation accused Suarez of “a violent act – biting an opponent.”
Suarez’s domestic ban will keep him sidelined until February 4 next year. He remains eligible to play in the final Champions League Group G match against Milan on December 8.
The incident has been compared to boxer Mike Tyson biting off part of Evander Holyfield’s right ear in a 1997 bout.
The federation said it had taken the Uruguay striker’s previous conduct into account in deciding its punishment. Suarez still had a suspended one-match ban hanging over him following a red card in the season-opening Johan Cruyff Bowl match in July.