Luis Suarez pulled a Tyson on the world and bit a player?? During a game!?? *Gasp* *Shock* *Horror*
Now the funny thing for me was not that Suarez actually bit someone, but that the world was so suprised!
First, they were suprised and shocked at the incident. [Which happened as Liverpool was losing. Coincidence?]
Second, they were shocked when the English FA decided that a ban longer than the usual three games is warranted.
Third, they were shocked at the severity of the punishment which was eventually handed down, a TEN game ban.
I’m sorry, did no one realise that this was Luis Suarez we were dealing with here?? This man has a long list of “misdemenours” in football and this isn’t even the first time he’s gotten into trouble for
In case you weren’t aware, Suarez bit another player in 2010, while playing for Ajax Amsterdam, shortly before signing with Liverpool, for which he got a 7 game ban and a fine from the Dutch FA. [And was dubbed the “Cannibal of Ajax”]
Also in 2010, during the World Cup, he ended up in the headlines for a deliberate handball on the goal line, preventing Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah from scoring, for which he was sent off. He was later seen celebrating from the sidelines when Ghana missed the awarded penalty.
A week later he received a 1 game ban for making “an offensive gesture” to Fulham fans.
In 2012 he got some bad press for refusing to shake hands with Evra of Manchester United.
This is the guy who, after pleading guilty to the bite incident and the charge of violent conduct, denied the claim that the standard punishment is insufficient.
After the ruling was announced, Liverpool’s Managing Director, Ian Ayre declared, “Both the club and player are shocked and disappointed at the severity of today’s Independent Regulatory Commission decision. We await the written reasons tomorrow before making any further comment.”
The only thing that shocked and disappointed me was the fact that they thought this was severe! What else is the commission supposed to do when his history shows that he is not learning from the punishments he is given??
The incident led to a lot of bad press and condemnation for Liverpool with fans and the general public alike, all asking for Suarez to be sold at the end of the season, but the management has responded with a resounding no. Despite the damage to their reputation, Liverpool management are adamant that Suarez is a great player (he is currently their leading goal-scorer) and they say that they will work with him and try to manage his anger and discipline because he is a very important player to the club.
“As we keep saying, he signed a new four-year contract last summer and we’d all love to see him here throughout that contract.” said Ayre. “He’s a fantastic player, top scorer and everything we’d want in a striker, so there’s no change there. This is more about getting him back on the right track and it’s largely down to (manager) Brendan now to work with him on that side of his character.”
All in all, I think Suarez has consistently shown himself to be a player willing to do anything in the game. He has a clear disregard for any rules, or conduct laws, as well as for any body that might try to impose any form of discipline. All in all, he is a horrible sportsman and role model, so I don’t see why everyone else was so shocked and suprised, has he not BEEN showing you what kind of person he is??
As one person on the interweb said, “Biting is for raccoons, rats and the rabid.”
In any case, Suarez is appealing the ban and the case will be heard by an Independent Regulatory Commission, so we wait with bated breath…[not!]
You can view the video for yourselves at:
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