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Luis Suarez: Would it be a better World Cup without him?

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Does Suarez's reputation proceed him? (©GettyImages)
Does Suarez's reputation proceed him? (©GettyImages).

Luis Suarez is not adverse to a controversy, contentious issues have followed him for most of his footballing career from his antics at Ajax to his latest Uruguay diving row.  

Is he the kind of player that Brazil's World Cup can do without?

Suarez's Ajax playing days were impressive scoring 81 goals in 110 games, but it was his lack of professional conduct that will be most remembered.

During a game against rivals PSV Eindhoven in 2011 an infamous bite on midfielder Otman Bakkal left a sour taste in not just Suarez's mouth but also thousands watching.

This was treated as an isolated incident and was not covered by much of the press in England, it was something that was to be the first of many scrutinised incidents further down the line.

Suarez has developed a reputation of a lack of sportsmanship shall we say, a bit like Didier Drogba in his time at Chelsea, he has been accused repeatedly of "simulation" this is something that many fans know goes on and appears to be systematic of today's beautiful game.

The Uruguayan has also had problems on the International stage, during the 2010 World Cup Uruguay were playing a hard fought game with the surprise of the tournament, Ghana, and were on the back foot for much of the game.

Suarez found it particularly difficult. Deep in to extra time, Suarez blocked Dominic Adiyiah's header with both hands, Ghana missed the resulting penalty.

Suarez saw red for his actions and Uruguay ran out 4-2 winners in a penalty shootout.

It was not just his actions but his words after the match were far from gracious.

Suarez said "I made the save of the tournament." 

This rightfully angered Ghana coach Milovan Rajevic who branded the Uruguayan play maker a "cheat who has angered a whole continent (Africa).'

In 2012 Liverpool signed Suarez from Dutch side Ajax for a club record fee of £22.8 million.

This at the time raised some eyebrows, during his time at Liverpool his talent as a footballer has never been in question -  but his conduct towards fellow professionals has been a worry. 

The day was Sunday 21st April 2013, the place Anfield, as Liverpool hosted rivals Chelsea in a heated affair.

Suarez gave away a penalty for a foul on Chelsea's marauding right back Branislav Ivanovic, this was not the incident in question it was the unbelievably bite that followed.

This was the first time since the infamous bite in 2011 in the previous mentioned Eredivisie game this act had reared its ugly head.

Suarez later confessed that "he completely lost it" and further apologised for his actions.  He was suspended by the FA for a total of 10 games. This was met with surprise derision by the majority of Liverpool fans who seemed to be blindly supporting a player that had acted in such a despicable and cowardly fashion. 

The latest incident took place in a World Cup qualifier, Suarez was caught up in yet another diving storm this time against Argentina who had already booked their place in the plane to Brazil.

Suarez "won" a penalty when he went under a "challenge" from Argentine defender Sebastien Dominguez, replays have shown minimal contact on the Uruguayan. This just one month on from doing precisely the same thing in a previous qualifier against Peru.

Uruguay who have yet to qualify for the World Cup next summer, have a play-off with Jordan which you would imagine is a foregone conclusion. 

Like most purists I will be hoping for a big upset, there is no place for a player that has no interest in fair play, he himself has admitted he will do anything to win and by that he clearly means anything.

You just have to look at his previous conduct for club and country to see what he means by that.

If the recent FIFA Confederations cup was anything to go by, next summer should be a showcase of the positives from the beautiful game, a mixture of colour, culture and different styles of play.

The World Cup would be a better competition with the exclusion of Luis Suarez.

There will be people that will have you believe that this is just character assassination and nothing more. I ask you this, how much further will FIFA allow his conduct to be part of their beautiful game?

He along with many others that take to the pitch are role models to millions of impressionable children it is about time his conduct was stamped out effectively and not met with a casual fine and swept away.

 

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