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Why Liverpool Shouldn't Be Upset with Luis Suarez's 10-Match Ban

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Why Liverpool Shouldn't Be Upset with Luis Suarez's 10-Match Ban
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Luis Suarez received a 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic.

As announced on the FA's official website, Luis Suarez received a 10-match ban from the Independent Regulatory Commission after biting Branislav Ivanovic in Liverpool's recent match against Chelsea.

Sounds sufficient to me.

So why did managing director Ian Ayre release a statement to the club's official website claiming that "both the club and player are shocked and disappointed" that the three-person Independent Regulatory Commission suspended the player for 10 games?

We all saw what Suarez did. It has been in newspapers and all over the internet and our television sets.

It was uncalled for and disturbing, not to mention unsanitary. 

I can see how Liverpool fans may be upset. This is their star player. He has contributed tremendously to the team. He gave them something to cheer about, and he was the bright spot in a rather bleak year. 

Who would want to see their team's star player suspended for 10 matches? I know I wouldn't. But the crime matches the time: Suarez deserves his punishment.

How can anyone defend Suarez for what he did? You would be hard-pressed to. He willingly bit his opponent's arm. He knew what he was doing, and he did it on purpose. 

I would understand Liverpool's disappointment in this ban if this was Suarez's first biting incident. But it isn't.

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It didn't happen in England, but Suarez has tasted an opponent's flesh before. He bit Otman Bakkal in the Dutch league a few years ago.

This is clearly not an isolated incident.

The FA and the Independent Regulatory Commission must have looked at his previous biting suspension and determined the length of the punishment from that.

He received a seven-match ban in the Eredivisie. Logically, 10 matches makes sense this time around. It's the second time he has done this.

But this apparently is upsetting to the Liverpool hierarchy.

It seems the Reds are claiming that since they acted quickly to fine Suarez an undisclosed amount of cash, his ban shouldn't have been as severe as it is. 

Can we just reiterate what he did again? He bit someone.

Liverpool, you did the right thing by fining Suarez. That was the smart thing to do, but that doesn't mean a suspension isn't warranted too. 

It's not a good image for the club. Accept the ban and move on.

Is Liverpool worried about the end of the season? Most likely not. Their schedule isn't that difficult. They could win their last four matches without Suarez. They are not against difficult opponents, and the team isn't playing for much: most likely just sixth place instead of seventh.

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More than likely, Liverpool is upset because Suarez will be missing the first six games of next season. Those are vital for any club. I can see why the team and its fans may be upset. 

But this disappointment in Suarez's punishment is making it seem as if the team is defending his behavior.

What Suarez did was wrong. Focus on the team and what it can do to start next season off on the right foot without him. 

Sure, Liverpool, you can appeal his suspension. But it's not going to look good on the club's part. Do you really want to tarnish your great club's reputation for Suarez?

I could see Suarez laying it all on the line for Steven Gerrard, but not Luis Suarez. He isn't worth it. 

Suarez could still win the PFA Player of the Year. Is it likely after this incident? Not really, but it's not impossible.

You know what else isn't impossible? Starting off the new season with a few wins without Suarez. Focus on that and not on appealing his 10-match ban.

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