Sunday, June 29, 2014

Liverpool legeng expects club to support banned star

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish says the club will support Luis Suarez despite his latest ban for biting.

Suarez has been handed a four-month ban from all football-related activities, after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini when playing for Uruguay at the World Cup in Brazil.

The 27-year-old has also received a nine-match international ban.

Dalglish, who was manager when Liverpool players controversially wore T-shirts of support for Suarez after allegations the striker had racially abused Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, told the Daily Mirror that he expects the club to again stand by their star player.

“I know that lots of people are jumping up and down and saying that Liverpool should disown Luis Suarez,” he said.

“Others are saying that the striker has become more trouble than he is worth, too. But you don’t just turn your back on someone because he has done something wrong.

“I think you will find that Liverpool will not turn their back on Suarez, whatever the ban FIFA have decided he must serve.”

It is the third time that Suarez has faced a ban for biting an opponent, and last year’s Footballer of the Year missed the start of last season as he was still serving a suspension for a similar incident involving Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

However, Suarez was still available for international matches during that ban, and Dalglish has questioned why FIFA have decreed that this latest punishment should cover all football-related activity.

“When he was punished by the FA for the biting incident with Branislav Ivanovic and banned from domestic games, he was still allowed to play for his national team,” Dalglish added.

“It seems a bit strange, then, that when he is banned for something he did with his national team, his club has to suffer, too.”

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