Suarez Given Ten for Ivanovic Bite

Suarez has some free time coming up
The News Desk has been waiting with bated breath for the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission regarding the latest Luis Suarez debacle and the result was enough to knock the wind right out of you; the Reds striker has been banned for 10 matches for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Anfield.

In the wake of the decision, Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre said the club were “shocked and disappointed” at the severity of the punishment, though reserved any further comment – or hints at an appeal – until the written reasons are received by the club tomorrow. If the decision stands, the striker will miss the last four matches of this season and six at the beginning of the next. It was feared that the FA would go over the top on Suarez, who has been a divisive disciplinary nightmare since arriving on Merseyside, and the decision today comes with little to no surprise; though it does lead to questions of the impartiality of the process and whether the length of the ban reflects more on the player’s profile or past incidents and not the act itself.

While no one, not even the News Desk, is daft enough to argue that Suarez should not be punished for his actions, the severity of it is hardly befitting. The standard ban for violent conduct, which is what the Uruguayan striker was officially charged with, carries with it a standard ban of three matches. Yesterday, the Reds attacker said that although he was accepting of the charge, he did not feel his actions warranted more than the standard ban – something the Independent Regulatory Commission obviously disagreed with. Liverpool have until Friday at 12:00 BST to appeal the decision and if you take into account that no real physical harm was done to Ivanovic, who declined pursuing the matter further with Merseyside police, the club certainly has a leg to stand on.

9 thoughts on “Suarez Given Ten for Ivanovic Bite

  • April 24, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Actually, it’ll be 12 because he picked up his 10th yellow on Sunday. :

  • April 24, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I am in the minority here, but I never want to see him in an LFC kit again.

  • April 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    i thought that too, but the yellow cards have been wiped…

  • April 24, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    i’ve heard quite a few LFC fans express the same sentiment…
    i still think you’re in the minority though…

  • April 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Steven – The mood here in the States is interesting. talk show mouths calling for 19 games (1/2 season) or full season ban due to not his first time with this.1. glad they are talking prem football here amongst all the stuff and 2. I am older and probably that is why I am in the minority. Brilliant on field displays with idiotic and quite frankly, sickening, behaviors. It is a sad puzzle missing a few pieces.

  • April 25, 2013 at 2:27 am

    he’s missing more than a few pieces to be fair!

    personal feelings aside, i think the FA has taken this a bit too far and adding an additional 7 matches to a normal 3 match ban is taking a massive liberty considering the nature of the offence and the “damage” done to the opposition player…

  • April 25, 2013 at 2:55 am

    missing pieces? it seems that way.

    personal feelings aside here? yes, a bit much indeed due to other very serious acts that have recently been displayed by some in the Prem. ie sliding with both studs late, stomping your man on the pitch and the like. but alas, the clear loser in this is our Liverpool. They lose their best option up front, and just when he and Sturridge were starting to gel.

  • April 25, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Agree. I don’t care how good he is. He’s a child and an embarrassment.

  • May 22, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Suarez hard done by? You must be having a laugh! Or put it another way, what would your opinion be if the same catalogue of disgusting offences had been committed by a Man U player? Bet that would shine a whole new light on it! He will never change and the more he plays for the club and the more fans keep making excuses for him, the more dishonour and shame he will bring on you all! It is as simple as that!

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