BITER BITTEN. AGAIN
Mickey Blue Eyes
Here we go again.
Luis Suárez yet again has been banned and fined for biting an opponent. This time by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee for an assault launched against Giorgio Chiellini in the Italy V Uruguay group match. His lawyer Alejandro Balbi has lodged an appeal. You can find the current FIFA judgement here:
This is the third time he has breached playing rules in this way. One was in Holland when he played for Ajax, the second in England when he played for our loveable neighbours, and now the third in a World Cup; plainly, he is intent on making his mark as an international gourmet. Since the offence was committed in full view of a world-wide TV audience it is difficult to see how he can contest the facts. There is no need for moralising. Such behaviour - even uglier and more disgusting than spitting at someone - speaks for itself. And since it is the third time, he can hardly complain at the severity of the ban or the fine. To mix sports, this really is a matter of three strikes and you are out.
He will find little or no support amongst neutrals, let alone amongst opposing supporters, though oddly enough his latest victim has described the FIFA judgement as "excessive." Not so odd is burgeoning support from Diego Maradona, suspended from football in Italy for fifteen months in 1991 after failing a drug test for cocaine and sent home from World Cup 1994 in the US after testing positive for ephedrine. After all, prisons are full of innocent men and women are they not?
Nevertheless, it would be inhuman to deny the man needs help, especially when you add this offence to his racist abuse of Patrice Evra of Manchester United that also drew a suspension and fine. He obviously has a deep-seated psychological problem similar to that which plagued tragic Paul Gascoigne. Until he gets relevant help he should surely stay away from a sport notorious for its chauvinist taunting at all levels. Wherever he plays now he will be mercilessly harassed.
I remember once there was talk of a former player returning to Everton. A friend of mine observed, "I'd have the player back any day. But not the man". It would do Luis Suárez a good deal of good to listen to that. If he fails, football will simply wait for his next unprovoked orthodontic assault. And it would be his last.