Luis Suarez’s World Cup is over.
Uruguay’s brightest star receives a nine World Cup-match ban plus a four-month suspension Thursday for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. The ban includes any other sort of football and goes into effect right now. So Suarez misses all Liverpool matches from the start of the EPL season until late October.
FIFA also doled out a £66,000 fine to Suarez for his attack during Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy. There’s history involved here. His most recent bite marked the third time Suarez assailed an opposing player in such fashion since 2010.
There’s no need to play moral police since every other outlet’s doing it. Although few address the fact that this man needs more help. Opportune sports psychology isn’t my thing, but his thought process is thoroughly bugged to OK biting someone anywhere: let alone during a globally-televised World Cup match.
Whatever progress he’s made this year to rectify his image at Liverpool is currently out the door as well. This is the second consecutive time Liverpool starts their campaign without Suarez and he’s pretty much out of Uruguay’s next World Cup run if they qualify in 2018. Add Suarez’s “blackie” run-in with Patrice Evra in 2011, for which he took an eight-game ban, and you have a world-class footballer you can’t count on to avoid controversy.
The memes are funny and Luis Suarez’s an easy target folks can’t defend. What’s most important is he’s close to becoming an ESPN 30 for 30 subject for all the wrong reasons.