Thursday, 26 June 2014

Does the Punishment fit the crime part 1 (Suarez)

So now we know "Chewy" Luis Suarez has received the verdict, which I shall briefly summarise here. This piece will mainly be reaction from fans round the world with their reaction to the sentence. Then I shall post a more in depth argument for and against and also pose the question, re other examples of foul play and their non-punishment.

Luis Suarez has been banned from all football related activity for 4 months which basically means until the beginning of November 2014, he is not allowed to train with his club side Liverpool. He is not even allowed to set foot inside a football stadium. He has also been banned for 9 international games for Uruguay and fined 100,000 Swiss Francs.

So , is it fair ? is it too lenient ? or is it harsh ?

I have trawled the depths of English (and One Scottish) fans to gauge the mood of the people. All the readers round the world are welcome to add their views in the comments section below. I wonder if we will see a cultural divide on this issue.

Here we go, with the views of Liverpool fans first

A plumber from London  said:

"Sell him to Real Madrid for 80 million (if they'll have him) Enough already. He is a liability"

An owner of a bar from London :

"Dunno what to make of it. I don't believe the intent was to bite. I think he went to headbutt him and his teeth got in the way. They (Liverpool) should buy a replacement"

An unnamed source from Cambridge said . "Liverpool should bite their lip"

One of my brothers in law, ( I have a lot)

"He is too good to let go for a little bite, Some people love Italian food. The television replays are inconclusive. I am happy to turn a blind eye. He will probably go to Barcelona as he thinks the English press have it in for him".

Now the wider public.

A very interesting one from an MCC member, getting his sports mixed up here, the old duffer,

"Biting has no place in the world cup or any other football tournament. It's just not cricket."

He also thought the punishment was fair given he is a repeat offender.

A Geordie Hooligan (Newcastle fan)

"Fair, but they should pull his teeth out as well"

@israeligooner (Arsenal)

"Happy we never bought him in hindsight, an amazing player but has mental health issues, an accident waiting to happen. The ban should be from the beginning of the season in August not now. He needs help and that should be part of the ban"

A Sunderland fan

Not long enough

A Leeds fan (not me) a team well known for fair and clean play

FIFA needed to give a clear message  and they have done so.

Jimmy , a Glasgow Celtic fan with a typical Scottish focus on the money aspect

A wee bit unfair on Liverpool as he was representing Uruguay when the incident occurred. Clubs always get screwed when their players play for national teams and get injured for example, the club still has to pay his salary, not the National team. Liverpool should impose a big fine for damages he has caused to the club.

An Aston Villa fan (yes they do exist)

could have been a lot worse, I thought he would be out until January

and last but not least an American from New Jersey

It is a 9 match slap on the wrist. He is a recidivist It is not a one off thing

So there we have it. Will have to wait until the morning for next post, need to watch the next game. Please feel free to add your comments below, you can stay anonymous if you want.

The Gif to the left is from a great site for keeping up to date especially if you can't watch the games, Good text commentary and clips of goals very soon after they happen.


  1. this is the exact punishment:
    The player Luis Su├írez is to be suspended for nine (9) official matches. The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming FIFA World Cup™ fixture between Colombia and Uruguay on 28 June 2014. The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay’s next FIFA World Cup match(es), as long as the team qualifies, and/or in the representative team’s subsequent official matches in accordance with art. 38 par. 2a) of the FDC.

    so this is quite weird. can he play in the next world cup? obviously there will be "official" matches before the next world cup as they have to qualify... so what does it exactly mean?

    and btw- i was right about portugal ghana.

  2. Aussie Rules rules27 June 2014 at 00:40

    Justified, Animal

  3. Zinedine Zidane, on much worse than that bite, got 3 match ban. While Suarez is out for about 26-28 games, not to mention his sepereation from his team and outcast from FIFA games even as a regular suporter.

    Like Chiellini himself i think it's way to harsh, four games are enough in my opinion, but i don't expect much from MAFIFA...