Luis Suarez has made his public apology to Branislav Ivanovic, but still waits to find out what his ban will be from the FA.
In Liverpool’s 2-2 draw to Chelsea yesterday, Suarez, after a number of comings together over the match, was filmed taking hold of Ivanovic’s arm and aggressively biting him. Indeed nobody apart from Ivanovic himself seemed to have realised what had happened and so Suarez escaped a red card, something that turned out to be pivotal in the match as he went on to score the equalizer deep into minutes added on.
Just hours after the match Suarez made a public apology to Ivanovic, ‘the whole footballing world’ and also to Liverpool who have been remarkably kind to him through all of his controversies.
He was of course under no pretence that this apology would save him from punishment from both the club and the FA. Liverpool has made. The statement that they will deal with the issue internally and have already spoken to him of how he has let the club down. Suarez has revealed that he has been fined by the club and that the proceeds of that fine have gone to the Hillsborough Family Support Group. Furthermore the FA is now reviewing the video footage and any other evidence that may help them decide what action to take.
Reds manager Brendan Rodgers said following the match:
[quote]Having reviewed the video footage and spoken to Luis, his behaviour is unacceptable and I have made him aware of this.[/quote]
The police have also become involved in the affair after members of the public made official complaints to the Merseyside police. They have talked to the Ivanovic but Sky Sports reports that Ivanovic does not wish to take the matter any further.
It is bad enough that this is not the first time he has been in trouble with the club and the FA, but it is even worse that this isn’t even the first time he has been in trouble for biting a member of the opposition. In his Ajax days he was banned for seven matches for biting PSV Eindhoven player Otman Bakkal just below the neck.
The famous film titled “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” seems to have become a popular way of describing the controversial figure. In a pure football sense, Suarez has been on absolute fire this season, his equalizer against Chelsea his 30th goal of the season. He has, though, previously been in trouble on many occasions, for racism and for the public admission of diving among other things. This recent episode will forever be described as the ugly side of Suarez.
There is a good chance that Suarez will not play for Liverpool again this season if the FA comes to a decision this week, and he will be sorely missed as his stats above will show you. He is the top scorer in the Premier League with 23 goals, and is one of the favourites to take the PFA player of the year award.
If he is banned, then it will give Robin Van Persie of Manchester United the opportunity to catch up with Suarez’s goal tally and steal the “Golden Boot” award. Perhaps the one silver lining of the situation is that Liverpool are not really fighting for anything more than an elusive Europa League spot, although many would argue that it is both within their grasp and worth fighting for, especially since it would be Everton who would likely take it from them. If Liverpool do lose Suarez for the rest of the season, he will certainly be missed.