FIFA announced on Thursday that it had rejected the suspension appeal of Uruguay and Liverpool forward Luis Suarez.
On June 26, FIFA banned Suarez for nine international matches for his bite to the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's June 24 1-0 group stage win over the Azzurri. Additional to the international ban, Suarez was suspended from all footballing activity for four months.
The ban effectively prevents Suarez from taking part in the 2015 Copa America in Chile and has derailed, at least for the time, a proposed transfer to Barcelona.
This is the fourth major suspension for Suarez, 27, over the course of his career, having been twice previously suspended for biting an opponent (once at Ajax and once at Liverpool) and once for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
To compensate for Suarez's absence, Liverpool is expected to sign Benfica winger Lazar Markovic and Standard Liege Belgium international forward Divock Origi in the coming days. The team has already secured the services of Southampton pair and England internationals Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, as well as German under-21 midfielder Emre Can of Bayer Leverkusen during this transfer window.