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Luis Suarez bite forces Liverpool into crisis talks

Suarez is accused of biting Chiellini. (©GettyImages)
Suarez is accused of biting Chiellini. (©GettyImages).

Liverpool officials will gather on Wednesday in an emergency meeting to discuss the future of Luis Suarez, reports The Daily Mirror.

The star striker is facing a lengthy FIFA ban after an investigation was opened with regards to an alleged bite on Giorgio Chiellini.

Sources at the club told the national newspaper that Liverpool will not make an official comment on the matter until a full picture on what has happened becomes clear. However, it is believed that no one in the Anfield boardroom is ready to stand by Suarez if he is found guilty of biting an opponent for the third time in his career.

Reformed character

The predicament is laced with irony. After a fine season with Liverpool, Suarez had spoken about being a reformed character from the one that was banned for 10 games for biting Branislav Ivanovic.

Liverpool had stood by him doggedly throughout the controversy in 2013, and decided to award him a new long-term lucrative contract worth £200,000-a-week to remain at the club for the long term.

Now officials have called an emergency meeting, which will included manager Brendan Rodgers via video link, to discuss whether or not Suarez is worth the trouble.

Cut and run

Interest in Suarez had been coming to the boil in Spain, where he is back page news on a daily basis with regards to a proposed move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona. Both clubs want a marquee signing and both had reportedly placed Suarez at the top of their wish list.

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Liverpool were preparing themselves for another fight to keep the 27-year-old, but now they will talk about cashing in on the player. The worrying thing for Liverpool is, this latest incident could wipe off a significant amount from his transfer value or, worse, put off interested parties and leave Liverpool with someone they don't want associated with the club anymore.

Barcelona have a strict moral fibre running deep within the club and it is now unlikely they can pursue their interest.

Potential ban

If found guilty - in all common sense he will be - Suarez is likely to face a lengthy ban from Fifa which could rule him out for the rest of the World Cup.

What is worrying for Liverpool is that Fifa have the power to extend that ban to any competition in the world, including the Premier League and Champions League competitions. Fifa rules allow a ban of up to two years, but the longest ever dished out was eight games for Italy's Mauro Tassotti after he broke Luis Enrique's nose with a deliberate elbow in 1994.

Uncertain future

At the start of Tuesday, Liverpool were telling journalists that they would not sell Suarez for any price. Real Madrid were being linked with an £80 million move but now nothing is certain.

Liverpool officials ending their summer break for emergency talks will leave them fuming before they even enter the boardroom. For Suarez, the dream of becoming a world-class star at top level could be over.

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