Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has come to the defence of the under-fire Liverpool striker Luis Suarez by stating that the inform striker deserves to win the PFA awards, asking his critics: "Do you want to kill him?".
A bizarre turn of events during a recent match against Chelsea led to Suarez, who was named in the PFA Team of the Year on Sunday, being slapped with a 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic in their 2-2 draw at Anfield.
Despite the striker's odd and unacceptable actions, Mancini believes Suarez should be left alone to serve his ban in peace.
ESPN reports that Mancini said: "Suarez. I don't know Suarez as a man. I know him as a player and this year he was one of the best in the Premier League. He did a mistake and he said sorry to everyone. He got his punishment. Do you want to kill him?"
He then argued that Suarez's ban should have only been for about five to six matches, citing that the biting incident is definitely not as bad as some of the tackles seen in the league - and far less dangerous in terms of causing physical harm.
Perhaps a three-match ban would have out of the question due to the unacceptable nature of his actions. but to slap a 10-match ban on him seems extreme.
The FA could be using Suarez as a high-profile example that such behaviour will not at all be tolerated on the pitch to drive a point to every other player in the league that supposed "violent" conduct will be dealt with harshly.
It could have been a warning to other players more than anything as compared to an actual fair sentence. Whichever the case, Suarez will be missing the rest of this season as well as the first six games of next season.
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