Unless you’re living under a rock, you will have heard by now that FIFA have decided to ban Luis Suarez for all footballing activity for 4 months, and 9 International matches. This means as well as missing the rest of the World Cup, he will miss 9 Premier League games for Liverpool as well as Capital One Cup and Champions League qualifying games. By my estimations it would be around 14 games in total.
However, he has not been banned from moving to another club, and it has been confirmed that he would be allowed to move to another club, with Barcelona and Real Madrid reportedly interested in the player.
But the response I’ve seen from Liverpool fans has been nothing short of disgraceful.
Strangely, after defending Suarez for his bite on Branislav Ivanovic, and his racist abuse towards Patrice Evra, they are now condemning Suarez for his bite on Giorgio Chiellini.
Now I’m not excusing Luis Suarez from the biting and racist abuse by any stretch of the imagination, but if you’re going to defend him for doing those disgusting things then why turn on him now? At least have some consistency.
The other point about all this is because this is the third time this has happened, clearly Luis Suarez needs professional help. It’s not a once in a blue moon occurrence, this is something which repeatedly happens. Liverpool and their fans supported him through the biting incident with Ivanovic and the racism accusations again Evra, so surely they should be supporting him now more than ever?
Henry Winter made the point that Suarez is not the type of person you would expect to be biting people on a regular basis. He says how the staff at Liverpool see him as a humble, family man who puts in so much effort into extra training and is dedicated to his craft. Apparently, when Suarez was told about being nominated for player of the year he went round the Liverpool changing room and thanked every single teammate.
Liverpool fans are talking about taking £80 million and Sanchez and/or Pedro so they can get rid of him. There is no doubt Luis Suarez is a very special footballer and now the punishment has been handed down to him by FIFA, surely Liverpool would be best served to make sure he gets the professional help he needs.