Comment: Nobody bigger than Liverpool FC? Suarez proves it's all a lie
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Liverpool are once again in danger earning the contempt of the entire footballing world for their continued defence of Luis Suarez. The fiery striker has received a 10 match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in a 2-2 draw last Sunday. Suarez, who shouldn’t have been on the pitch, went on to score the equaliser. The referee, however, didn’t spot the incident, meaning the FA were actually allowed to take retrospective action. They have obviously opted to do so in giving the striker the ban. Liverpool have until Friday to appeal the decision. And it genuinely wouldn’t surprise me, based on the utter lunacy spouted by representatives of the club over the past week, if they do choose to appeal the decision. Despite not having a leg to stand on, the club have whinged and whined about the FA’s decision. I’ll provide a swift recap of events since the bite, and with it, a look at Liverpool’s utter insanity. On Sunday night, after the game, Suarez promptly issued an apology, to Ivanovic and the whole footballing world. The club then fined him an unspecified amount on Monday, and Suarez asked for it to be donated to the Hillsborough Family Support Group. An offer for anger management counselling came in from the PFA; understandable considering that Suarez has form – in the last game he ever played for Ajax, Suarez bit PSV player Ottman Bakkal, resulting in a seven match ban and being ousted from the club. Liverpool, however, came out and said that the player’s future at the club was not in any doubt. All fairly expected so far. Then, as he accepts a charge of violent conduct and despite his seemingly humble apology, Suarez insists the incident doesn’t deserve anything more than the standard three match ban. Once the 10 match ban was revealed, Liverpool issued a statement saying that the club were shocked and disappointed by the length of it. Today, Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has claimed that the ban is “absurd and unfair”, and moreover, that it is only so severe because Suarez is Uruguayan.
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