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Fernando Torres should face same criticism as Suarez

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Torres could face an extended ban - but is it enough? (©GettyImages)
Torres could face an extended ban - but is it enough? (©GettyImages).

With the return of Luis Suarez it seems a long time ago since the whole footballing world was offended when he bit Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield.

Suarez was massively criticised in the aftermath of that event. People wanted him thrown out the country, Liverpool fans wanted the club to sell and move on so he could not tarnish the club's image anymore.

The Uruguayan returned to Premier League action at the weekend during Liverpool's 3-1 win over Sunderland, ironically the same weekend Fernando Torres was seen scratching Jan Vertonghen's face in a clash between Tottenham and Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

During the summer, Suarez himself claimed that he was targeted by the English media. If he dives it becomes a huge issue, his reputation becomes tarnished even more - yet here we stand at a time when another player has done something equally rash, but as of yet, without provoking the same furore.

By no means am I saying here that Torres' incident is worse than Suarez's, but the lack of attention it has gained perhaps gives weight to the argument that the Uruguayan put forward over the summer.

The Liverpool striker certainly has not helped himself. The episode with Ivanovic was not an isolated incident given that there have also been claims of racism, diving, deliberate handballs and another biting incident.

The question I am posing here is what would have happened if it had been Suarez who had clawed his hands down a Sunderland defender's face?

I would be inclined to say that we would now be witnessing ex-players, pundits, managers and the media chasing the Uruguayan out of the country - is that fair?

I am well aware that Suarez is probably on his fifth chance, not his second, but the fact still remains that, in my opinion, Torres should face the same criticism the Liverpool striker would have got. But I doubt that he will.

The Spanish striker may face an extended ban if referee Mike Dean claims he did not see the incident and I would argue that the ban will be significantly less than what Suarez would have received if he had committed a similar offence.

Whatever happens, Torres will still be the once good Spanish striker and Suarez will remain the villain that everyone loves to hate.

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