Luis Suarez could be suspended for a maximum of two years if FIFA choose to take the most severe action against the Uruguayan striker after his clash with Giorgio Chiellini. But Danny Mills has what he believes would be a more fitting punishment.
The reputation of Suarez is in tatters once again after he sunk his teeth into the shoulder of Chiellini during Uruguay’s defeat of Italy on Tuesday. It is the third such incident in a career littered with controversy, and Suarez is set to face his most serious sanction yet.
Suarez was banned for seven matches after a biting incident during his time with Ajax, while his suspension from the Football Association following an altercation with Branislav Ivanovic was a 10 game one.
Add to this the ban Suarez received after his abhorrent abuse of Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, and the Liverpool forward has established himself one of the most reviled players in the sport.
A record punishment
Given this multitude of indiscretions, FIFA could well throw the book at Suarez and break new ground when it comes to placing international sanction on a player. The previous benchmark for World Cup suspension came in 1994, when Mauro Tassotti was banned for eight matches after breaking Spain's Luis Enrique's nose.
But such a ban for Suarez would pale into total insignificance compared to the punishment outlined by former England defender Danny Mills, who does not believe the Anfield star should ever take to a football field again.
"It has to be the longest ban in football ever. A worldwide ban, not just an international ban,” Mills told BBC Sport.
"It is the third time it has happened and it is a clear bite this time, in a tournament of this magnitude, the most watched tournament in the world. They have got to throw him in jail and lock him up forever."
Watch: Luis Suarez risks World Cup ban after Italy bite
Professional help needed
Quite an overreaction it is fair to say, but the Mills rant highlights just how strongly people feel about Suarez’s actions. He was able to rebuild his reputation with Liverpool this season, winning both the top PFA and FWA awards, ensuring the focus was on his talent rather than temperament.
But once again Suarez acted so inexplicably that his character is under scrutiny once again, with some even questioning whether or not the 27-year-old should seek professional help in order to overcome this bizarre feral instinct.
“This is behaviour that's happened two times,” said Everton manager Roberto Martinez. “You cannot justify it. I seriously think he needs help.
“If you cannot control yourself in those moments, you need some sort of help because that's just unacceptable on a football pitch.
“We can't celebrate (the game). We can't talk about what Uruguay did. We can't talk about why Mario Balotelli didn't come on in the second half.
“It's about how Luis Suarez is allowed to play the game without carrying that responsibility that you have as a player, being a role model to the younger generation. You cannot justify it.”
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