The Football Association has confirmed that Luis Suarez's eight-match ban could be extended if he appeals against the suspension.
The Uruguayan was handed an eight-match ban on Tuesday when a three-man Independent Regulatory Commission appointed by the FA found him guilty of guilty of misconduct after Manchester United defender Patrice Evra accused the forward of racially abusing him.
Liverpool reacted with fury to the decision and an appeal from Anfield looks inevitable.
However, the Merseyside giants are still waiting for the full written judgement before deciding on their next course of action.
The FA has now revealed that the ban can be increased, reduced or cancelled altogether by an appeal board.