Luis Suarez accepts Foootball Association’s charge of violent conduct for his ‘inexcusable’ action, but denies FA claim that a three- match ban is sufficient punishment.
However the FA has set aside Wednesday to review the forward’s case. They also confirmed the Liverpool striker has pleaded guilty. The independent commission will employ video conference- the same procedure used in probing the John Terry and Anton Ferdinand saga- to decide on his punishment.
The FA felt the enormity of Suarez’s behavior is not tantamount to the mandatory three- match ban and are likely to dish out similar suspension as to the seven games he served during his time in Ajax, when he bit PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal.
David Cameron’s Official spokesman sees the issue at hand as a football matter and feels the FA need to take into account Suarez is a role model.
“As part of their consideration, I think it would be very understandable if they took into account the fact that high- profile players are role models,” he said.
There is no standard minimum or maximum punishment for biting in football’s disciplinary code, unlike in Rugby Union which has a 12- week recommended suspension for first offences up to four- years ban for the most serious biting offences.
When he did similar act of cannibalism in Holland in 2010, Suarez was banned for seven matches, however the FA will not be taking that as a yardstick in passing its own judgment in his recent bite because the later happened in a different country. The independent commission will have the discretion to take his personal disciplinary history into consideration.
Jermain Defoe escaped with a yellow card for biting Javier Mascherano in 2006, suggestions are rife the outcome of the 26- year- old Liverpool striker’s hearing might be influenced by the events of 2006, but FA insiders said that will not be the case.
Suarez, who had until 6pm yesterday (Tuesday) to answer the charges leveled against him, had apologized to Ivanovic on Monday and the Chelsea defender has acknowledged the apology.
In a move to deal with the latest crisis surrounding Luis, Liverpool FC has imposed a club fine which will be donated to the Hilsborough families’ support group on their star striker.
It was thought Suarez could face a ban of at least six matches or even as many as ten, but the player will have the right to appeal if he feels it is too severe.
Not- with- standing, Suarez remains eligible for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the year award.
PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has been critical of Suarez’s actions, he said: “There is no doubt that in football terms the Barclays Premier League would shine a little less brightly without Luis Suarez.
“Irrespective of whether he wins the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, Luis still has the opportunity and the talents to rewrite his legacy and make his mark in England for the right reasons.”