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July 1, 2014
Excessive, or still too lenient?

Tue Jul 01, 2014

Editor: Suarez’s ban for biting an opponent while playing at the World Cup for Uruguay means he would miss 13 matches for Liverpool between the start of the season and the end of October. He is also banned for nine international games and has been fined 100,000 Swiss francs (£66,000).{{more}}

I think all those who are opposing this ban are taking this incident as a one time occurrence! Let’s not forget this is a combination of a repeated offence for which the individual had systematically made a whole apology and promised not to be a bad influence for the younger generation watching! So, there were chances given and now for the third time he did it at the biggest stage, where millions of upcoming kids are watching (SMH). I think taking into account all that the punishment is justified! He had his faith in his own hand.

Can you imagine persons who are Liverpool fans are saying FIFA is suffering Liverpool. It’s not Liverpool who is punished. It’s the player who is punished, but Suarez did what he did. He broke the rules and therefore he got punished.

Just like if you commit murder. If you do it, then your boss suffers. The sooner children like you realise that you can’t just blame everyone else the better.

Suarez has done what he did and it is HIS fault. Not FIFA’s fault, not your your parents’ fault. It is Suarez and Suarez alone. He knew the rules, he knew his past and he chose to sack it all off and play the victim AGAIN. He’s like the boy who cried wolf.

Its expected for those benefiting from Suarez to complain and I don’t care who are supporters of the club and country he represents, three times biting his opponent and you call it excessive ?

This world people wants to do as they wish. No way!!! Rules and the law are there to control and protect everyone. No biting and I repeat no biting during football or any other sports, as a matter of fact.

In my fair and humble opinion, after watching two of the three incidents live, and I hope others saw it too, a much fairer result all round would have been to ban Suarez from national football for one year and to impose a four month domestic ban suspended on condition that the player enters a programme of psychiatric counselling, in order to protect his peers.

What happened with Suarez was far beyond the fair play and the attitude you should have when you play at the World Cup.

Unbelievable, don’t you folks watch LIVE matches? Suarez very intentionally bit; so stop crying on FIFA, and it’s not the first time he has done such a disgusting crime.

An elbow or boot in the face etc is one thing. Being bitten involves significantly wider medical risks, particularly from bacterial infection. In this era of HIV/AIDS awareness, more prevalent hepatitis issues, it’s discouraging that people are trying to excuse this kind of behaviour.

Finally, I applaud the decision which was made by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to sanction the player in this way, because what he did is unacceptable and not the image we want to give to the world.

Dominique R. Stowe