Saturday, April 27, 2013

Liverpool's Luis Suarez accepts 10-game ban by the FA

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has been in the news for crunching on a defender’s arm and although his actions may not be regarded as criminal, it still holds ground as one of the most disgusting actions or reactions in sports.  Aside from the fact that his act was very gruesome, it also sent out very bad signals to young people who looked up to the striker, and although he has since apologized for his act, and has since been disciplined by the FA (the 10-game ban), Suarez still needs to do more damage control in order to reassure fans that this form of cannibalistic behavior will not repeat itself in the near future.
 Prime Minister David Cameron condemned his actions in a recent interview in which he said Suarez had set the ‘most appalling example’. 

Luis Suarez decision not to contest his 10-game ban shows he is on the right path to recovery;in a recent statement posted on his twitter account, the Uruguayan international  expressed remorse for biting Branislav Ivanovic.

The FA published the findings of the three-man Independent Regulatory Committee after Suarez informed them he would not challenge their decision to ban him for an incident they described as being ‘completely unacceptable, truly disgraceful and alien to football’. 

The committee, which was made up of Thura KT Win, Roger Pawley and Brian Talbot, did not take into account Suarez’s past misdemeanours - which included a seven-game ban for biting at Ajax - and judged the altercation with Ivanovic in isolation.
Suarez had argued earlier that a 3 game suspension would be enough and made comparisons with similar incidents in the past but the commission said in point 84 that ‘it seemed to us that Suarez has not fully appreciated the gravity and seriousness of this truly exceptional incident.’ 

However, it seemed Suarez came to his senses and later released a statement  through his personal Twitter account, which stated: ‘I am truly very sorry about the incident with Branislav Ivanovic. I hope all the people who I offended will grant me forgiveness and I again repeat my personal apology to Branislav.
‘I would like to explain to everybody that I decided to accept the ban (as) my actions were not acceptable on a football pitch, so I do not want to give the wrong impression to people by making an appeal. I really want to learn from what has happened.’

Liverpool reiterated their disappointment over the length of the suspension but they were also angered by the comments David Cameron made during an interview on BBC Five Live in which he said tough measures should be taken against such incidents.

The Referee Kevin, who missed the awful incident was let off the hook by the FA, he was not blamed for missing the incident.