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FIFPro questions FIFA punishment of Luis Suarez, says must include help for 'off-field issues'

  • Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is seen at the Serhs Hotel in Natal, 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/Vlademir Alexandre)

    Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is seen at the Serhs Hotel in Natal, 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/Vlademir Alexandre)  (The Associated Press)

  • El italiano Giorgio Chiellini muestra el hombro donde dice que el uruguayo Luis Suárez lo mordió durante el encuentro entre Italia y Uruguay en la Copa del Mundo en Natal, Brasil, el 24 de junio de 2014. Chiellini opinó que la sanción que la FIFA le aplicó a Suárez es demasiado severa. (AP Foto/Hassan Ammar)

    El italiano Giorgio Chiellini muestra el hombro donde dice que el uruguayo Luis Suárez lo mordió durante el encuentro entre Italia y Uruguay en la Copa del Mundo en Natal, Brasil, el 24 de junio de 2014. Chiellini opinó que la sanción que la FIFA le aplicó a Suárez es demasiado severa. (AP Foto/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

The international players' union has questioned the severity and focus of FIFA's punishment of Luis Suarez for biting an opponent at the World Cup.

FIFPro says "rehabilitation and serious treatment ... must be a part of any sanction" for the Uruguay and Liverpool forward.

It says Suarez deserves "all the support he needs" to reduce his sanctions and "deal with any off-field issues."

The union says the FIFA appeals committee must "focus especially on the accumulation of sanctions" which added a four-month ban from all football to suspension from nine Uruguay matches and a fine.

The union says this "directly infringes his right to work."

FIFPro says it reviewed the full judgment of FIFA's disciplinary panel, and an appeal can "re-establish the facts in a calm and considered setting."