Luis Suarez accepts FA charge for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic

Luis Suarez has accepted an FA charge of violent conduct for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield on Sunday.

Suarez was caught on camera biting the Chelsea defender during the second half of the 2-2 draw, but the incident went unnoticed by the match officials.

The incident drew widespread criticism with many calling for Liverpool to sack the player, but the club have vowed to stand by the Uruguay international, who swiftly apologised for his actions.

Having retrospectively reviewed video evidence of the match the FA charged Suarez with violent conduct and suggested the standard three-match ban was insufficient for the offence.

While Suarez has decided not to contest the charge, he believes the punishment should be no more than three matches.

“Suarez has denied the FA’s claim that the standard punishment of three matches is clearly insufficient for this offence,” a statement from the FA read.

“The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed. An independent regulatory commission will hear the case tomorrow, Wednesday 24 April.”

Suarez was banned for seven games while he was at Ajax after being found guilty of biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal’s shoulder during a match in November 2010, while the striker he served an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra in 2011.