Luis Suarez is a 26-year-old Uruguayan who currently plays for Liverpool Football Club in England. He is a very controversial figure in the eyes of not only the media, but also the passionate football supporters all around the world.
Before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Suarez was almost unheard of to people outside of South America and Holland, where he was, at that time, playing for Ajax.
During the quarter-final against Ghana, who were the only African country left in the tournament, he handled a ball off the line, which ultimately knocked The Black Stars out of the tournament after a penalty shoot-out loss.
Every person on the African continent was undoubtedly supporting Ghana, our last hope of an
African World Cup winner. When the final whistle blew, the whole of Africa had gone through all the emotions of excitement, expectation, disappointment and then finally heartbreak.
The blame was directed at Suarez, as he was accused of cheating after the tournament. It was only after Suarez moved to Liverpool, did the rest of the world acknowledge who he is, and the Liverpool supporters in Africa forgive him for what happened to Ghana.
During the 2011/12 season, Suarez was involved in an altercation with Patrice Evra, the French defender from Manchester United. The incident led to reports of racist comments made by Suarez, causing him to be banned by the Football Association for eight matches.
Liverpool decided to support Suarez through this tough period in his career by standing by him and sporting Suarez t-shirts during pre-match warm-ups. Another incident occurred during the 2012/13 season, where Suarez was found guilty of biting Branislav Ivanovic.
To a lot of people’s surprise, the Serbian international defender, who plies his trade for Chelsea Football Club, decided not to press charges against Suarez. This is not the first time that Suarez had bitten someone, having bitten another player whilst still playing for Ajax.
Unfortunately for Suarez, the FA again decided to ban him, this time for 10 matches. Though Liverpool did fine Suarez for the incident, they still gave their star striker their full backing and support.
At the end of the 2012/13 season, Liverpool failed to finish in one of the four Champions League places. This sparked speculation about a potential transfer for Suarez, who claimed that the media in England were against him and he wanted to leave.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal offered £40 million and £1 to Liverpool for the services of Suarez - a bid thought to trigger the Uruguayan's release clause. Why else would Arsenal offer £1 more than £40 million?
Liverpool rejected the offer from Arsenal, causing Suarez to complain to the Premier League, stating that Liverpool had breached the terms in his contract by not allowing him to move. Suarez said: "I am 26 and I need to be playing in the Champions League."
According to Sky Sports, Liverpool told Suarez that if they didn’t qualify for the Champions League, then he can move to a team that is playing in the Champions League. Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers said Luis had disrespected the club.
He asked for an apology from Suarez to the club and his teammates, though Suarez had no intention of making any apology in an attempt to try force a move to Arsenal. As a result, he spent a period training by himself.
Suarez is undoubtedly an unbelievably talented footballer, but it seems that everywhere he has gone he has created more enemies than friends. The Liverpool supporters are extremely passionate about their club.
If you get on their good side, then you become a cult hero and unfortunately if you get on their bad side, you get the opposite reaction. They have received a sincere apology from Suarez, but for now at least, his time at Liverpool is still in question.
It is now time for him to bite the bullet and put his negative actions behind him, because at some stage, no manager will want such a ‘bad apple’ in their team.
Managers put teams together by not only looking at player ability, but by also trying to create the best mix of players from a moral and social perspective.
By the way that Suarez has treated Liverpool, after they stood by him and offered him large amounts of support and loyalty, why should any club want that kind of bad atmosphere in their team?
Suarez needs to put his hands up and apologise for all of his wrong-doings, because I’m afraid, in my opinion, his career will fade out prematurely before he even reaches his peak.
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