Jamie Carragher backs Luis Suarez as FA decide on ban
The fate of Luis Suarez will be decided today, with the Football Association likely to hand the Liverpool forward a ban considerably longer than the standard three-game suspension that usually befits the act of violent conduct.
April 24th, 2013
Suarez and Liverpool FC believes that a ban of three matches befits the crime, with Jamie Carragher today backing his team-mate and pointing to the fact that players committing leg-breaking challenges don’t receive anything more than a three-game ban.
“The way things are now being pitched is that Liverpool have got to do something about the rotten apple in their midst,” he said in the Daily Mail.
“It is as if Luis is the only player to have represented Liverpool who has ever been embroiled in controversy. That simply isn’t the case.”
He added: “Every one of the players I mention regretted what happened and Luis is the same. More importantly, the club stood by every one of them.
“The bite was shocking, no question, and everyone who has seen it was amazed,” he said. “Yet was it worse than a challenge that could end someone’s career?
“I know what it is like to have your leg broken by a reckless tackle. Lucas Neill cost me six months of my career in September 2003 when he played for Blackburn. Would I have preferred to have been bitten? Absolutely.
“I suspect that Branislav Ivanovic, who has conducted himself with great credit in the aftermath, would agree.”
Liverpool’s response to the Suarez incident has been swift, with a fine for the forward although there is no plan to sell the striker this summer, especially after a largely excellent season which has seen the Uruguayan shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year awards.