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FIFA ban of Suarez a sham – Time enough for check books and cheats

by Andrew White  |  June 26, 2014  |  4 Comments

So FIFA, the non-political (right!) body that oversees the word of football (soccer to you and me) gave a habitual “biter” a 4 month/9 game  ban.

I get that Suarez is one of the best strikers of the game today. I get that Uruguay will be hard pressed to win without him.  But that is beside the point.  He should be banned from soccer for life.  It is money that speaks when FIFA only cough up 4 months.  Poor old Liverpool – we need to help the teams.  The man has a personality flaw when it comes to soccer and his eating habits.  Period.

I would not be so vitriolic but for the fact that this man has been caught, and banned, before!  It seems that penalty was not enough.   And worse, FIFA has said that Uruguay can appeal!  They should not have the right.  There is every chance a politically charged case could be put forward that gives FIFA the “out” to suspend the penalty until after a hearing, thus allowing Suarez to play in the next World Cup game.  Oh please.  There should be no appeal.  Let me say again, he is a habitual soccer biter.  The man clearly goes on the field with an empty stomach and very probably an empty head.

What gets me is how on earth this guy thought he could get away with it – at the World Cup!  And if you saw the game you would also see the cheating “diving” right after the snack, as he tried to con the referee that he was the injured party.

I know money makes the world go round, but for the most popular sport in the world, being looked at by the US right now, this ban is just not enough.  It is sending the wrong signal.  Time enough for check books and cheats.

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  • 4 Gary Saunders   June 26, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    We all know that FIFA is one of the most, if not the most, inherantly corrupt governing bodies that a sport could have, let alone the most popular sport in the world. FIFA’s top officials have their own agendas and most of them revolve around money.
    To be honest I’m a tad surprised that they haven’t contrived to let Suarez off the hook due to the considerable pressure that there must have been from the Urugauyan and other South American officials with a view to leniency concerning the incident. If they Uruguayan F.A do appeal and Suarez is allowed to play again in this World Cup it would make a laughing stock of Football as the leading global sport. It has enough problems with the lack of on field discipline, diving, feinging injury and general skullduggery to gain unfair advantage. All of which is worryingly condoned by more and more ex players and pundits as being ‘part of the game’. I agree yes it is part of the game and it’s called CHEATING and there should be a concerted global effort to stamp it out.
    Suarez has shown no remorse concerning his latest biting incident and has even tried to deny that it happened even though overwhelming evidence exists to the contrary. He should be banned from international football for life and from the club game for a very long time and anyone else involved in professional football trying to condone his actions should be severely punished as well.
    Football needs to take a long hard look at itself and make sweeping changes to improve the sporting aspect of the game. The current win at any cost attitude is a slow and insidious cancer that is eating away at the heart of ‘the beautiful game’.
    come on FIFA show some back bone. The game needs to change and NOW.