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Maradona, Luis Suárez, Cantona... the longest bans in history

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1. Roberto Rojas. Life ban

In 1989, Chile keeper Roberto Rojas feigned injury when a flare was thrown onto the pitch during a World Cup qualifying match against Brazil. Television replays showed that the flare had not made contact with Rojas and the keeper subsequently admitted he

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1. Roberto Rojas. Life ban

In 1989, Chile keeper Roberto Rojas feigned injury when a flare was thrown onto the pitch during a World Cup qualifying match against Brazil. Television replays showed that the flare had not made contact with Rojas and the keeper subsequently admitted he

Foto:PLACAR

1. Roberto Rojas. Life ban

In 1989, Chile keeper Roberto Rojas feigned injury when a flare was thrown onto the pitch during a World Cup qualifying match against Brazil. Television replays showed that the flare had not made contact with Rojas and the keeper subsequently admitted he

Foto:PLACAR

2. Héctor Robles. One year

Héctor Robles took part in a 1993 friendly between his club, Paslestino, and Honduras. The Chilean defender attacked the referee and received a one-year ban from FIFA.

2. Héctor Robles. One year

Héctor Robles took part in a 1993 friendly between his club, Paslestino, and Honduras. The Chilean defender attacked the referee and received a one-year ban from FIFA.

3. João Pinto. Six months

João Pinto physically attacked referee Ángel Sánchez during a game between Portugal and South Korea at the 2022 World Cup. FIFA's disciplinary committee subsequently banned Pinto for six months based on the official's report, which stated that the Portuga

3. João Pinto. Six months

João Pinto physically attacked referee Ángel Sánchez during a game between Portugal and South Korea at the 2022 World Cup. FIFA's disciplinary committee subsequently banned Pinto for six months based on the official's report, which stated that the Portuga

3. João Pinto. Six months

João Pinto physically attacked referee Ángel Sánchez during a game between Portugal and South Korea at the 2022 World Cup. FIFA's disciplinary committee subsequently banned Pinto for six months based on the official's report, which stated that the Portuga

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4. David Navarro. Seven months

In a Champions League game between Valencia and Inter in 2007, defender David Navarro came off the bench to take part in a mass brawl that ended with both sides laying into each other. Navarro broke Inter player Nicolás Burdisso's nose with a punch and wa

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4. David Navarro. Seven months

In a Champions League game between Valencia and Inter in 2007, defender David Navarro came off the bench to take part in a mass brawl that ended with both sides laying into each other. Navarro broke Inter player Nicolás Burdisso's nose with a punch and wa

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4. David Navarro. Seven months

In a Champions League game between Valencia and Inter in 2007, defender David Navarro came off the bench to take part in a mass brawl that ended with both sides laying into each other. Navarro broke Inter player Nicolás Burdisso's nose with a punch and wa

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4. David Navarro. Seven months

In a Champions League game between Valencia and Inter in 2007, defender David Navarro came off the bench to take part in a mass brawl that ended with both sides laying into each other. Navarro broke Inter player Nicolás Burdisso's nose with a punch and wa

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5. Diego Maradona. Two months

Maradona was Argentina coach in 2009 and after sealing qualification for the 2010 World Cup invited the assembled reporters in his press conference to "suck me, and to keep on sucking me." FIFA banned Maradona from all football-related activity for two mo

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5. Diego Maradona. Two months

Maradona was Argentina coach in 2009 and after sealing qualification for the 2010 World Cup invited the assembled reporters in his press conference to "suck me, and to keep on sucking me." FIFA banned Maradona from all football-related activity for two mo

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5. Diego Maradona. Two months

Maradona was Argentina coach in 2009 and after sealing qualification for the 2010 World Cup invited the assembled reporters in his press conference to "suck me, and to keep on sucking me." FIFA banned Maradona from all football-related activity for two mo

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6. Luisão. Two months

Luisão physically attacked a referee during a friendly in 2012 when playing for Benfica and was handed a two-month ban by the Portuguese Football Federation. This was later extended by FIFA to include international games.

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6. Luisão. Two months

Luisão physically attacked a referee during a friendly in 2012 when playing for Benfica and was handed a two-month ban by the Portuguese Football Federation. This was later extended by FIFA to include international games.

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7. Luis Suárez. Nine games and four months

Luis Suárez's now infamous bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup cost the Uruguay international a FIFA ban of nine games for his country and a further sanction of four months without being able to take part in any football-related activity. The

7. Luis Suárez. Nine games and four months

Luis Suárez's now infamous bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup cost the Uruguay international a FIFA ban of nine games for his country and a further sanction of four months without being able to take part in any football-related activity. The

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7. Luis Suárez. Nine games and four months

Luis Suárez's now infamous bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup cost the Uruguay international a FIFA ban of nine games for his country and a further sanction of four months without being able to take part in any football-related activity. The

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7. Luis Suárez. Nine games and four months

Luis Suárez's now infamous bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup cost the Uruguay international a FIFA ban of nine games for his country and a further sanction of four months without being able to take part in any football-related activity. The

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8. Eric Cantona. Eight months

Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons claimed he had merely invited Cantona to "take an early bath" as he incurred the kung-fu wrath of the combustible Manchester United star. Other reports of the incident from people in the crowd said Matthews had actually