Read Why Luis Suarez Rejected Ballon d’Or Invitation

Luis Suarez rejected Ballon d’Or invite because of FIFA punishment

It seems Luis Suarez has still not forgiven FIFA for handing him a four-month ban after he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

The Uruguayan striker was also handed a nine-match ban by world football’s governing body and, following a long spell on the sidelines, will finally be eligible to play for his national team again later this year.

FIFA offered Suarez an invitation to the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich last week but the Barcelona star declined it, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

Suarez had already implied in an earlier interview with Uruguayan newspaper Ovación that he still had hard feelings over the way he was treated after being found guilty of a third biting offence.

The forward had served a seven-match ban in 2010 for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal during his spell with Ajax, and was slapped with a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic while playing for Liverpool three years later.

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