Fans call for Suarez ban after bite on Branislav Ivanovic
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez should face a lengthy ban after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, according to fans.
The Uruguayan player shocked the world of football on Sunday when he sank his teeth into Ivanovic during the Reds’ 2-2 draw with Chelsea.
The incident, slammed by Robbie Savage as “shocking and disgraceful”, occurred in the 65th minute as the pair grappled with each other in the Blues’ penalty area.
It was not spotted by referee Kevin Friend or his officials, but the FA looks set to punish Suarez after studying TV footage today. And Brendan Rodgers last night said he will hold crisis talks with the Anfield hierarchy.
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Match of the Day's Alan Hansen, a former Liverpool player, said the incident was "absolutely appalling", while Former Liverpool manager Graeme Sounes said: "Suarez has shown the club in a bad light. I'm not sure what to make of it. It's embarrassing.
“He is risking everything this great club stands for. Suarez is making it very difficult for himself to stay at Liverpool. This puts him in the last chance saloon”.
Suarez’ conduct has been slammed by fans, with many taking to Twitter to demand a hefty ban. User @nadderley said: “Now that Suarez has admitted guilt surely Liverpool must use the responsibility they have as a global brand and ban him for 10 games #lfc”.
Meanwhile @ProfChux tweeted: “So what should it be for Mr Suarez. A season's ban. That's what I'd give him. Plus mandatory muzzle when he's in a park”.
And @DannyCrossfield wrote: “Suarez should get at least a 5 match ban, biting another player isn't needed!!”
A number of fans posted mickey-taking pictures online of Suarez with vampire fangs and wearing a plastic cone collar like vets put on dogs.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: “Having reviewed the video footage, his behaviour is unacceptable. I’ve made him aware of this.”
And the club’s managing director Ian Ayre warned: “His behaviour is not befitting of any player wearing a Liverpool shirt".
Just hours after the match, the player apologised to his 1.5 million Twitter followers: “I'm sad for what happened this afternoon, I apologize Ivanovic and all football world for my inexcusable behaviour. I'm so sorry about it!!”
He later added: “I've just spoken to Ivanovic on the phone and I could apologise directly to him. Thanks for accepting”.
Yesterday was the second time Suarez had been caught up in a row for biting. He bit an opponent in 2010 while playing for Dutch club Ajax.