The 2014 World Cup has definitely not been short on headlines. However, one of the largest ones without a doubt revolves around Luis Suarez. In case you missed it, the problematic striker from Uruguay received a nine-game suspension, four-month ban from all soccer-related activities, and a $112,000 fine. The incident at hand was Suarez biting the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. This move is obviously a huge blow to Uruguay’s chances of making a run at the World Cup title, as they will now greatly depend on Edinson Cavani to pick up the slack with the loss of their top player. As for games he would miss with his club team, Liverpool, he would be out for nine Premier League games, three of Liverpool’s Champions League games and a League Cup match. It is a huge loss for Liverpool to kick off their next season. After challenging Manchester City til the very end for a league title, Suarez would likely be leaned on again this season. Last season, he amassed 31 goals and 12 assists in 33 Premier League games. It will also be interesting to see if reports of a potential move to Spain result in anything, as he is still allowed to transfer despite the ban from all soccer-related activities.
It is becoming ridiculous with these biting incidents involving Suarez. Chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee, Claudio Sulser, said, “Such behavior cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the starts on the field.” Not to mention it being very unintelligible for Suarez to act like this on one of the largest sporting stages in the world, but it’s the third time he has committed the act with the other two coming in league games. It truly makes you think whether he actually thought he would get away with it when their is cameras everywhere. The first time came in 2010 where he received a seven game suspension while lining up for Ajax. Then, in 2013, Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic was the victim that resulted in a 10 game suspension. I understand the penalties have gradually grew in severity, but I don’t believe that they have grown enough. Biting an opponent should be completely off-the-limits. When you start getting called a “Cannibal” and you’re known for being a world-class soccer player, something is most likely off. When playing in the national stage at the World Cup as well as one of the most respected leagues in the English Premier League, he needs to understand he serves in a role model position for thousands of young players as well. Ultimately, I don’t believe FIFA is taking this seriously enough and should have gave him a more severe penalty. What do you think, does the penalty truly fit the crime for a player that has committed the same act multiple times?