Luis Suarez 10-match ban: Harsh or fair?
Liverpool opinion: Was the FA's decision to slap Luis Suarez with a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic harsh or fair?
The Football Association announced today that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will be banned for 10 matches after he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during the side's 2-2 draw on Sunday at Anfield.
It was originally missed by the match officials, but the television replays were quick to pick up on the incident between the two players and, straight after the game, there were estimations of how long the striker should miss because of his actions.
Well, all the estimations can now stop after the FA have released their verdict - and they believe that 10 games is enough for Suarez after the clash with Ivanovic.
The FA statement read: "A three-person independent regulatory commission today upheld the FA's claim that a suspension of three matches was clearly insufficient and the player will serve a further seven first-team matches in addition to the standard three. The suspension begins with immediate effect.
"The Liverpool forward had accepted a charge of violent conduct but had denied the FA's claim that the standard three-match sanction was insufficient for the offence.
"The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed.
"Suarez has until midday on Friday 26 April to appeal [against] the additional suspension, above the standard three matches."
As soon as the verdict was released, Liverpool Football Club released their own statement and they revealed their shock and disbelief at the extent of the ban - so, do they have a right to be annoyed?
I believe the reason for such a hefty ban is because of Suarez's past. This isn't his first incident that has gone to the FA and I am quietly confident that it won't be his last.
The guy is a world-class player who offers Liverpool a world-class problem.
He has been in trouble for biting before in the Dutch league and was also punished for a racist incident involving Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. Because of his past, that is why he's been handed a 10-game ban.
A lot of people have been complaining about the extent of the ban and have compared it to other situations.
A lot of people were quick to jump that John Terry was only banned for four games for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, but that was his first incident and I think that is possibly why he only got four games.
Suarez has been a problem for the FA before, he has had warnings before and bans before, this still hasn't stopped him and I think this is why he has been given a 10-game ban.
If it was his first incident, no way would he have got 10-games; he would have got three or maybe four, but because he's been in trouble in the past, that has convinced the FA to hand out a firmer punishment.
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