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Soccer player gets 10-game ban for biting

By: Associated Press
March 12, 2014 Updated: March 12, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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photo - Manchester City, left and Chelsea soccer teams line up a hold a moment of silence for former England soccer player Sir Tom Finney, who died recently, prior to kick off for the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Manchester City, left and Chelsea soccer teams line up a hold a moment of silence for former England soccer player Sir Tom Finney, who died recently, prior to kick off for the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super) 

LONDON — An English lower-league player has been banned 10 matches by the English Football Association for biting an opponent during a game.

Joss Labadie, who plays for fourth-tier team Torquay, was charged by the FA with violent conduct following a match against Chesterfield on Feb. 15. The FA says in a statement released on Wednesday that Labadie was found guilty of the charge at a hearing of an independent panel. Labadie had denied the charge.

Torquay says in a statement that the club is considering its options before deciding to appeal.

Last April, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned 10 matches for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League game.

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