Taking A Bite Out Of CrimeBy: The Offside | December 20th, 2011
So Luis Suarez is working himself into a nice little pattern of nabbing ginormous suspensions in the meaty part of the domestic season. Before his move to Liverpool last year, he picked up seven games for his primal attempts at a mid-game snack while playing for Ajax. This year, it’s eight games to sit in the corner and think about what he did.
This is not progress.
Unlike most cases involving claims of verbal abuse, racism or otherwise, both parties agreed to the words in question, Luis simply argued it doesn’t mean the same thing in his native Uruguay, thus the intent was not racist.
Apparently we learn the “Yes, I did it.” method of defense isn’t a particularly good one. Write that one down.
Both players gave evidence to a three-man panel, led by Paul Goulding QC, as did the Liverpool manager, Kenny Dalglish, who has vigorously defended the Uruguay player since the allegation was made by Evra to the French television station Canal Plus after the game. Liverpool’s defence involved arguing that the word “negro” does not necessarily have racist connotations in Uruguay. Evra said that was unacceptable and that Suárez was being offensive as the pair clashed repeatedly in the second half at Anfield.
A Football Association statement said: “An independent regulatory commission has today found a charge of misconduct against Luis Suárez proven, and have issued a suspension for a period of eight matches as well as fining him £40,000, pending appeal.
And Luis is still awaiting news on what type of punishment he can expect for flipping off Fulham’s fans.
He might want to ask for better decision-making skills for Christmas.