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Giorgio Chiellini says Luis Suarez has been harshly punished for biting him in World Cup

  • FILE - In this June 24, 2014 file photo, Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. On Thursday, June 26, 2014, FIFA banned Suarez for 9 games and 4 months for biting his opponent at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)

    FILE - In this June 24, 2014 file photo, Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. On Thursday, June 26, 2014, FIFA banned Suarez for 9 games and 4 months for biting his opponent at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Uruguay's Luis Suarez looks out from his hotel in Natal, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. On Thursday, June 26, 2014, FIFA banned Suarez for 9 games and 4 months for biting an opponent at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Uruguay's Luis Suarez looks out from his hotel in Natal, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. On Thursday, June 26, 2014, FIFA banned Suarez for 9 games and 4 months for biting an opponent at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Uruguay's Luis Suarez uses his cell phone at a hotel in Natal, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Suarez bit Italian player Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's game with Italy on Tuesday, which could lead to Suarez being kicked out of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Uruguay's Luis Suarez uses his cell phone at a hotel in Natal, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Suarez bit Italian player Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's game with Italy on Tuesday, which could lead to Suarez being kicked out of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

Giorgio Chiellini believes Luis Suarez has been harshly punished by FIFA for biting his shoulder during their decisive World Cup match.

Suarez has been banned from all football activities and stadiums for four months as well as being suspended from Uruguay's next nine internationals.

On Friday, Chiellini says "I believe the proposed formula is excessive. I sincerely hope he will be allowed to stay close to his teammates during the games, because such a ban is really alienating for a player."

Uruguay's football federation has said it plans to appeal the ban.

Suarez bit Chiellini's left shoulder during Uruguay's 1-0 win against Italy in the group stage on Tuesday.