Luis Suarez must be helped

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The entire football world were stunned into silence at Anfield last Sunday when Liverpool's talismanic forward Luis Suarez bit the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Though referee Kevin Friend failed to spot the incident, Suarez has since been condemned by all areas of the game - and rightly so.

However, I feel we should all sit back and take an alternate view at this very serious situation. None of us know much about Suarez's background growing up, nor do we know much about him as an individual.

What we do know, however, is that he quite clearly has severe anger problems which need addressing sooner rather than later. How can somebody suffer so intensely that they are led to bite the flesh of another human being?

The animalism of his actions make it easy for us to poke fun at him, but I believe we should replace that mockery with compassion.

Of course, Suarez has not made it easy for us to like him. Only last season he was suspended for eight games for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

However, he has paid his punishment and has shown genuine signs of remorse since then. I therefore believe that we should refrain from light-hearted, yet derisive chants at the Uruguayan as he battles this very personal problem.

Perhaps the most worrying thing about this for me is that this isn't the first time he's acted in such a way. Whilst playing in Holland, he was banned for seven matches for biting the shoulder of PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal. As mentioned, nobody knows too much about Suarez's upbringing. We know he grew up in Salto, Uruguay - a poor town in South America - but the rest is relatively unknown.

The poorer parts of South America are notoriously dangerous, and so one would guess Suarez may have been surrounded by violence as a child, perhaps taking some of the traits he learnt into adulthood. Does this give him the right to bite fellow professionals? Of course not. Suarez has been living in Western Europe for long enough now to know the etiquette.

I'm merely suggesting that perhaps Suarez is a product of his environment, and whilst I can't condone the biting of other people, I urge the football community to come together to help this suffering individual as he receives the help greatly needs, so he can finally put his troubles behind him.


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