Former England defender Jamie Carragher has come out in defence of Luis Suarez saying he shouldn't be handed a worldwide ban by FIFA for biting Italy centre-back Giorgio Chiellini because Liverpool do not deserve to be punished too.
Suarez seems to have landed himself in serious trouble after biting the shoulder of Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 defeat of Italy, a result that saw the South Americans reach the last 16 of the World Cup.
As soon as the incident took place, it took the social media by storm as Twitter and Facebook going crazy with Suarez being the cynosure.
With so much coverage in the UK, Italy and Brazil too, FIFA has had to act and they've spent a total of 24 hours viewing all the evidence and eventually to come to a conclusion - Suarez has been handed a nine-match international ban, a four-month suspension from all football and a hefty fine.
Former Liverpool player Carragher has stressed the fact that he shouldn't be banned worldwide as that would make Liverpool suffer too.
He told the Daily Mail: "It was one of the most shocking incidents in World Cup history but, unfortunately, Luis Suarez has put himself in that bracket after biting Giorgio Chiellini. Rather than being regarded as one of the finest forwards in the game, he's now simply known as the one who bites people.
"I still find the incident in Natal completely bizarre. I worked with Luis every day for two-and-a-half years at Liverpool and if you spent time in his company at Melwood, you would struggle to believe he was capable of such ridiculous moments.
"He's a quiet lad, in the main. He's not someone who squares up to people on the training ground if things don't go his way and he's not overly-aggressive or a bully. Yes, his desire to win is fierce but that is no different from a lot of top professionals.
"Do not think, however, I am looking to defend him. I didn't when he tangled with Ivanovic and I'm not changing my view. Luis's actions have been disgraceful and it defies belief that he could behave as if he was in a playground once again after everything Liverpool have done for him.
"People are calling for a worldwide ban but I don't think Liverpool should be punished. Uruguay didn't suffer when he served the Ivanovic ban, did they? He missed the first five Barclays Premier League games, during which time Liverpool dropped five points against Swansea and Southampton.
"The form Luis was in last year, I'm certain he would have made the difference in those matches and Liverpool would have then won the title."
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