Liverpool star facing ban after punching West Brom defender
Video: Controversial Uruguayen appears to punch opponent during 2-0 defeat to Chile
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could be in trouble again after cameras caught an apparent jab to the face of Chile’s Gonzalo Jara during Uruguay’s 2-0 defeat in the World Cup qualifier last night.
Suarez had reacted angrily to being held by the West Bromich defender Jara and appeared to strike him in the face. Although Jara didn’t react, the incident was caught on camera and could lead to a ban for the Uruguayan.
No action was taken against Suarez as the referee didn’t see the incident. However, Chilean fans were quick to notice the incident as it lead to them singing distasteful songs against the player. And it’s now up to FIFA if action will be taken against the striker.
Although it didn’t look like there was much in it, FIFA have strict rules against raising your hands to another player and Suarez could yet see himself banned.
It’s not the first time Suarez has been in trouble as he was previously handed a seven-match ban in 2010 for biting an opponent when playing for Ajax. Since moving to the Premier League, his brilliance at Liverpool has often been overshadowed by controversy including his involvement in the infamous racism row with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra in 2011.
If Suarez was to be banned it would be a devastating blow to Uruguay’s chances of qualification. The two-time World Cup winners currently sit sixth in the South American table, outside of the play-off place. Suarez is by far the team’s top scorer during this qualifying campaign with five goals.
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