10 Longest Premier League Suspensions

The FA have announced Luis Suarez will be suspended for 10 games following his bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. The Uruguayan will miss Liverpool’s final few games of the season and will not play for the first team for another 5 months.


Here is how Luis Suarez’s ban fares against the biggest bans amongst Premier League players.

=9 – Ben Thatcher (Manchester City) – 8 games, September 2006
Manchester City’s Ben Thatcher received an 8-game ban following an elbow on Portsmouth’s Pedro Mendres back in September 2006. During the game the Manchester City defender received a yellow card but the FA decided to take further action after the game. He was also fined six weeks’ wages by his club.

=9 – Luis Suarez (Liverpool) – 8 games, December 2011
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez received his first suspension in England, less than 12 months after his arrival from Ajax. The Uruguayan accepted an eight-game ban from the FA after being found guilty for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra. He was also fined £40,000.

=7 – David Prutton (Southampton) – 10 games, March 2005
The Southampton midfielder was handed a 10-match ban for shoving referee Alan Wiley in a match versus Arsenal. The 23-year old returned to play the final game of the season against Manchester United but hasn’t played a Premier League game since. He was also fined £6,000.

=7 – Luis Suarez (Liverpool) – 10 games, April 2013
The Uruguayan faced his second long-term ban since joining the Premier League in January 2011, this time for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic on the arm. The FA handed Luis Suarez a 10-match ban and felt the necessity to release a document explaining their ban. He was fined an undisclosed fee by Liverpool.

6 – Paolo Di Canio (Sheffield Wednesday) – 11 games, September 1998
The newly-appointed Sunderland manager made Premier League headlines back in September 1998 whilst playing for Sheffield Wednesday. In a match versus Arsenal, Di Canio was sent off by referee Paul Alcock. The Italian retaliated by shoving over the match official and was later handed an 11-match ban for his actions. Di Canio was also fined £10,000.

5 – Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) – 12 games, May 2012
As part of the most-dramatic ending to the 2011/12 Premier League season, before Sergio Aguero had scored Manchester City’s dramatic stoppage time title winner, Joey Barton was sent off for Queens Park Rangers for kicking the Argentinian and attempting to headbutt Vincent Kompany. For his actions, Barton was suspended for 12 games and fined £75,000 by the FA. He was also fined six weeks’ wages by his club and then loaned out to Olympique Marseille in France for the 2012/13 season.

4 – Adrian Mutu (Chelsea) – 7 months, November 2004
Chelsea’s £16 million signing from Parma in August 2003 was sacked little more than a year later after he failed a drugs test, testing positive for cocaine and was released from his contract in October 2004. The Romanian received a seven month ban for his recreational drug taking and the FA fined Mutu £20,000.

3 – Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) – 8 months, January 2004
The Manchester United and England centre-back was suspended for eight months from January 2004 for turning up to a drugs test a day too late back in September. Rio Ferdinand actually passed the test the following day but the FA showed no forgiveness and he missed the rest of the season and Euro 2004.

2 – Mark Bosnich (Chelsea) – 9 months, December 2002
Twelve months after signing on a free transfer after an unsuccessful spell at Manchester United, Mark Bosnich’s career was coming to a dramatic downfall after just 5 games. And at the age of 31, the Australian goalkeeper would serve a nine-month ban to serve for a cocaine addiction. Bosnich was fired by Chelsea and would never return to the top flight again.

1 – Eric Cantona (Manchester United) – 9 months, January 1995
One of the most famous and controversial moments in Premier League history came at Selhurst Park when Manchester United were trailing Crystal Palace. A frustrated Eric Cantona was sent off for a foul on Richard Shaw and on his way to the tunnel kung-fu kicked a supporter in the crowd. He was suspended for nine months, Manchester United would lose the title to Blackburn Rovers and Eric Cantona was fined £30,000. He also gave this epic speech at the press conference: