FA hand Senegalese striker eight-match ban for biting


Leeds United and French-Senegalese striker Souleymane ‘Dudu’ Doukara has been banned for eight matches for biting an opponent.

The 24-year-old was charged for an incident in Leeds’ 1-1 Championship draw with Fulham on 23 February where he is believed to have bitten  Cottagers defender Fernando Amorebieta.

The Football Association said in a statement: “[This] was considered a non-standard case given the seriousness and both unusual and violent nature of the misconduct.”

The Senegalese forward who denied the charge, has also been fined £5,000. The ban means Doukara will be unavailable until the final game of the season.

Leeds United in an official statement confirmed that they were “disappointed with the outcome and the length of the ban” but would not be commenting further until the full written judgement has been released.

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has served three bans for biting during his career.

The Uruguay striker was banned for nine international matches and suspended from all football activity for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 World Cup.

Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Joss Labadie has been banned for biting twice in the past three years.

He was handed a 10-match suspension for a bite while with Torquay in 2014 before being given a six-month ban after biting a Stevenage player while playing for the Daggers last March.