Fans of Uruguay's national soccer team await the arrival of Uruguay player Luis Suarez at Carrasco International Airport in the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, June 26, 2014. The Uruguay forward, widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, was banned by FIFA from all football for four months on Thursday for biting an Italian opponent in an incident that marred the team's victory and progression to the second round. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico) (The Associated Press)
A U.S. soccer fan pretends that Uruguay's soccer striker Luis Suarez is biting him as he takes a selfie next to an Adidas advertisement featuring Suarez near Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. FIFA banned Suarez from all football activities for four months on Thursday for biting an opponent at the World Cup, a punishment that rules him out of the rest of the tournament. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (The Associated Press)
RIO DE JANEIRO – Luis Suarez needs treatment after a third suspension for biting in his career, according to FIFA's top World Cup official and the international players' union.
Suarez arrived home in Montevideo to a hero's welcome from Uruguay fans despite FIFA banishing him from the World Cup for biting an opponent.
Back in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says a third incident in Suarez's career was "unacceptable."
Valcke says "I think he should find a way to stop doing it, he should go through a treatment."
The players' union FIFPro came to the same conclusion from the opposite, sympathetic approach.
FIFPro says FIFA's ban for nine Uruguay matches and four months from all football "infringes his right to work" and doesn't offer him the treatment he needs.