Italy, yet another previous World cup winner have been knocked out of the world cup along with Spain and England so far. It wasn’t the best of games and an 81st minute goal from the Uruguayan captain, Godin was enough to send La Celeste through to the knockout stages.
However this is a game that will be remembered for an alleged bite from the Uruguayan talisman, Luis Suarez. This is the 3rd such incident of his career after previously been banned while playing for Ajax for a bite on PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal earning him a 7 game ban and another 10 game ban for a bite on Bratislav Ivanovic when representing Liverpool.
While the video evidence of this latest incident isn’t as conclusive as the previous two, it doesn’t bode well for the striker who hit 31 league goals for The Reds last season earning him applause and awards domestically for his achievements. His remarkable change in behavior has also been noted, many saying he had turned a corner.
Suarez is a man who has the undoubted talent of a world class striker, he can win or change games by himself, he puts the fear of God into defenders, scores unbelievable goals, and many hail him as the 3rd best player in the world only behind Messi and Ronaldo but he is also a player who courts controversy.
He has been called and charged as being a racist with no evidence other than the testimony of a two players from the opposition then given an 8 game ban on this evidence by the FA whereas John Terry who is clearly visible on TV shouting racist slurs was only given a 4 game ban.
He has been labelled a cheat by admitting he dived in a game. Gareth Bale, the world’s most expensive player was yellow carded 7 times for trying to con the ref with simulation. This is over twice as many as the next player, Fernando Torres who is on 3 cards for the same offence. Was Bale ever crucified the way Suarez was? Not a chance, he is British after all. So from a media perspective, could this be construed as being racist on their behalf? They hammer one man for his actions/honesty, ignoring the next as he is from the same island as the papers are published. It stinks of hypocrisy.
I’m not defending what Suarez done in last night’s final Group D game, far from it. In fact if he is found to be guilty then a lengthy International ban should be given. The longest international ban given to any player goes to Italy’s Mauro Tassotti when he was suspended for eight games in 1994 for breaking Spain’s Luis Enrique’s nose with an elbow.
Zidane was also given a ban for his head-butt on Matterazzi in the 2006 World Cup final, the ban was not as long as Mauro Tassotti but he retired from international so it didn’t really matter. The point is the media are calling for Suarez to be banned for up to 2 years or 24 matches which is the maximum that can be imposed under FIFA’s rulings.
Biting someone is disgusting and cannot or will not be condoned by any fan around the world but 24 matches? Give me a break.
Roy Keane ended Alf Inge Haalands career with a pre meditated tackle in 2001. Keane was subsequently given a 5 week ban by the FA. Alf Inge Haaland had to retire from football from the injury. Keane was back playing no more than 35 days later earning 100K a week along the way.
Eric Cantona was given a 9 month ban for giving a fan a Kung Fu kick in the stands. A fan who was hurling abuse at Cantona as he trudged past him after receiving his marching orders seconds earlier from referee Wilkie for a flick out at a Crystal palace player. Nine months? Does that sound right to you? It doesn’t to me. The money players make in football is astronomical but that doesn’t give any fan the right to abuse the players in which they are for 90 minutes every week. Some of the stuff I have heard from the terraces is absolutely shameful especially when there are so many kids around as well. Don’t get me wrong, Cantona’s actions were wrong but the ban was excessive in my opinion.
If I done something wrong in work and I was abused the way fans abuse footballers constantly, I would possibly react the same way somewhere along the line, just because they are public figures doesn’t mean they are public property.
So tell me now again why Suarez should be hit with a 24 game ban for biting an opponent, An ex-Leeds United player, Danny Mills, even suggesting he should be jailed. Danny Mills giving advice on morality issues? That’s comedic.
This is a flawed genius. Banning him for 24 games or 2 years is what the media want, well the British media. This is also the same player that knocked England out of the world cup after only 2 games. Is there a hidden agenda here? Most certainly. It’s the same media that showed the photo shopped pictures of the bite marks on Cheillini’s shoulder minutes after the final whistle blew, is that responsible journalism? No.
The Spanish media have reacted by saying ‘Suarez has some bite, unlike our national team’, the Italian media are more interested in blaming Ballotelli for their world cup exit, and they couldn’t care about the biting incident, the South American press find it comedic that the English press are so obsessed by this.
Suarez was given a 9 game international ban and 4 months worldwide ban. Justified? The international ban? Yes. The worldwide ban, outrageous, who makes these rules? Absolutely shocking that his club whether it still be Liverpool or Barcelona will have to do without their player until October 26th.
When Suarez bit Ivanovic he was banned for 10 games for Liverpool. Liverpool were without their talisman for 10 games not Uruguay, they were not affected by this at all so why should there be double standards? He will now miss the first 9 league games for Liverpool and also 3 champions league games, that’s 12 games altogether for something that happened on international duty. To say this is an injustice against Liverpool would be putting it mildly
Its completely absurd that he should actually miss more games for Liverpool than for Uruguay and not only that, it means during this worldwide ban he cannot enter a stadium, train with his fellow teammates, do any charity work for the club, he is to have no contact with any football related activity until October 26th. So when he finally does come back into training he will be miles behind everyone in terms of sharpness, match fitness etc so it’s really a ban that will still be affecting Suarez and his club well past the October deadline.
More than likely Suarez will be plying his trade at the Nou Camp come the start of the new season. I’m almost certain they will be trying their utmost to get this ban reduced and so they should. It’s diabolical that the club should suffer this sort of loss when it didn’t happen on their time.
I’d be confident that Barca’s appeal will see some sort of leniency given in this punishment. Whether that be a reduction in the number of matches he will miss or the worldwide ban lifted so he can continue to train with his teammates during preseason and up to October 26th so at least he is that bit sharper when he can finally play.
FIFA really need to look at themselves here. I’m not saying the international ban is wrong but the worldwide ban is and it’s not just that. There is no consistency to how FIFA dish out punishments and that is filtering all the way down to the referees on the pitch. How many times are we discussing ridiculous decisions by referees each week in the leagues around the world? Some of them are mind boggling, one week it’s this, the next week it’s that.
It makes no sense at all. Why? Because the powers that be who should be the leading light in all matters of rules, organisation, punishment, discipline etc are merely a dim streetlamp in a dark alley where nobody is sure which way to go.