Liverpool need to control Luis Suarez, or get him to control his mouth, or risk doing further damage to the club’s reputation.
The Uruguayan was in his native country when he brought up the Patrice Evra episode once more, this time blaming Manchester United’s influence over the English media and FA for his ban.
The 25-year-old described the pain he was going through at the hearing following being charged for racially abusing the United left-back, but it will be his thoughts on the Old Trafford club that will annoy many.
Suarez in undoubtedly one of the most talented footballers in the Premier League, but he is becoming a liability off the field for the Merseysiders.
English football has been through the wringer over the past two weeks with the revelations from John Terry’s court case and Premier League players’ image has taken a buffeting.
Evra and Suarez was another unsavoury moment and one we hoped would be done after the ludicrous handshake episode when Liverpool played United at Old Trafford the Reds striker had served the eight-game suspension he was given after being found guilty by a FA disciplinary panel.
Kenny Dalglish was sacked for the club’s poor eighth place finish last season and it is reasonable to assume Suarez’s presence for the entirety of the season may have taken them to a higher place.
The Scot was also guilty of deploying a ‘backs to the wall’ attitude over Suarez’s punishment, not to mention sanctioning the hideously ill thought out t-shirt protest, which lowered the club’s standing in the eyes of many.
Whether you believe Suarez deserved his punishment or that an injustice has been done to him, nobody is served by the issue being trawled through again by those involved.
Suarez has served his punishment, he has been vilified in the press and Liverpool have tried to make a new start – memories of the sorry episode were beginning to fade.
Brendan Rodgers will be cursing the former Ajax man today, as the interview with television programme RR Gol means he will now likely have to field questions on the case when he next meets with the press.
Rodgers has a difficult enough job on his hands without having to negotiate an issue as thorny as this – the fact he had nothing to do with the incident will be especially infuriating.
Especially cynical spectators may even think this is a subtle ploy by Suarez and his team to begin to engineer a move away from the club, though that is another weighty discussion and for another time.
This will now be the topic of discussion in the media once more, despite it being dealt with by the FA months ago.
Suarez has served his ban; what did he think he would achieve, other than renewing enmity between the clubs, by going over exceptionally well-trodden ground?
Football’s battered reputation will now take another blow and Suarez just doesn’t seem to see that in making these comments he is cutting off his nose to spite his face.
Now he will be dogged by more questions over the issue, as will everyone else involved, and the place where he makes his living will become thoroughly unpleasant for him.
Liverpool needed this issue to stay firmly in the past as they attempt their revolution under Rodgers, but Suarez has now dragged it over in to the new regime.
Conflicts such as this leave a bitter taste in the mouth, and the persistent indignation on the part of Suarez only increases its unpleasantness.
Everyone connected with the football industry is damaged by this, and the stench of the game’s most unsavoury aspects are threatening to overpower the enjoyment.
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