The disgusting behaviour of Luis Suarez towards the Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has had the whole world up in arms, and even the British Prime Minister David Cameron has made a statement implying that he expects a heavy punishment for the Uruguayan idiot.
He said through a government spokesman: “It is rightly a matter for the football authorities to consider,”
“As part of their consideration, I think it would be very understandable if they took into account the fact that high-profile players are often role models.”
The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken publicly about the clubs “values and ethics” being upheld, but Liverpool’s managing director, Ian Ayre, who is the owners mouthpiece, made it quite clear that the incident wouldn’t lead to Suarez being sold in disgrace.
He said: “Not at all. It affects his future in the sense that we have to work with him on his discipline but Luis is a very important player to the club. He’s a very popular player with his team-mates. 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. 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 Brendan now to work with him on that side of his character.”
So thats alright then? A little slap on the wrist and a few anger management classes? At least the FA realise how serious it is and have promised to punish him over and above the statutory three games. They said: “The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed. It is alleged that the conduct of Suárez constitutes violent conduct and it is the FA’s contention that the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient in these circumstances. Suárez has until 6pm on Tuesday 23 April to respond to the charge, thereafter an independent regulatory commission will be convened this Wednesday, 24 April.”
That’s tomorrow. And I expect him to be given at least a ten game ban and a massive fine. Or he has got away with it – again!