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Luis Suarez: One last chance at Liverpool?

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Love him or hate him: Suarez is an enigmatic figure (©GettyImages)
Love him or hate him: Suarez is an enigmatic figure (©GettyImages).

Luis Suarez divides opinion throughout the footballing community, offering moments of pure genius but also moments of pure madness.

Liverpool fans adore him and rightly so, he's been the brightest spark during a transitional phase in the famous clubs history. Yet he is also the target for much criticism from pundits and fans alike, again rightly so. 

As we come towards the end of the 2012/13 campaign Suarez has enjoyed his best season yet, scoring 23 goals and providing five assists helping to stabilise the unsteady ship that was Liverpool in recent seasons and was recognised coming runner up in the PFA Player of the Year Award. Yet where Suarez goes controversy often follows.

Aside from accusations of diving and that celebration in-front David Moyes, Suarez had a relatively quiet season by his standards (before trying to eat another player). 

The season before being remembered for his racist comments to Manchester United's Patrice Evra and then the much talked about hand shake snub. Now that the FA have decided to enforce a ten match ban, the talk has turned to whether or not the severity of the ban reflects the incident or Suarez 'the man.'

Should repeat offenders be given more severe bans? In my opinion the answer is yes. The punishments Suarez has received previously have clearly not helped rehabilitate him.

In 2011 he was banned for seven matches after biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal during his last game for the club. The example to aspiring young footballers should be that repeated bad behaviour is not acceptable and isn't tolerated, no matter how good the player may be. 

In the same way that a player who accumulates a lot of yellow cards gets a ban, players that repeatedly behave in such an appalling manner should suffer increasingly severe consequences, to make players think twice before acting like stroppy children. 

Hopefully Suarez has finally learnt his lesson and this incident won't make him consider his future in England. For the Premier League to be considered the best in the world, it needs players with world class ability, that after all is the reason we invest so much time, passion and money into watching every weekend.

No matter what you think of Suarez 'the man' he is a world class player and he has one last chance to redeem himself. 

 

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