Luis Suarez's departure from Liverpool has seemed like an inevitability for some time now, and the latest developments only add to the likelihood that we'll see the Uruguayan in a different shirt sooner rather than later.
According to a report from Andy Hunter of The Guardian, the embattled striker has reiterated his desire to leave England, largely due to negative attention from the press and his family being subject to ridicule.
Here's Suarez's take of a less-than-welcoming occurrence that he and his family experienced recently:
About a week ago I was walking in a shopping centre near Manchester and three or four guys asked me for a photo. While we were posing for it my wife said to me: "Luis, get out of the photo." She noticed they were making biting gestures. I was with my wife and my daughter. Things like that get on your nerves. My wife was on the brink of tears and the blokes ran off laughing. You get tired of stuff like that.
Suarez referenced the first suspension in The Guardian report, still expressing discontent with how the incident was handled:
Without any proof they gave me an eight-match ban. But with [John] Terry, where they had proof, lip-readers, they gave him four. I'm South American and I think that's the root of all of this.
Sure, it can be argued that Suarez brought the heckling upon himself by biting Ivanovic, but if his family is being subjected to pranks and harsh words on a daily basis, there's no doubt that it's an unhealthy environment for all involved.
Liverpool had high hopes for the up-and-coming Uruguayan, and he's had his fair share of highlight-worthy moments at Anfield. He might be one of the Premier League's best players.
But there's no way that Suarez will be able to play world-class football with little to no support in his current residency.
Perhaps it's too much to ask of English soccer fans to forgive and forget Suarez's mistakes since arriving at Anfield, and with the passion surrounding fanbases like Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, the potential millions of fans who are disgruntled with Suarez won't be going away anytime soon.
The beautiful game is indeed beautiful, but all too often the ugly shines through, as ESPN's Wright Thompson appropriately summed up in an article last week.
Some of the hate and heckling will follow Suarez everywhere, as is the case with any superstar player. But the further he can get from the Premier League, the better chance he has at returning to some sense of normalcy.
It's a shame for both Liverpool and Suarez that all of the distractions have become too much, but if we've learned anything, it's that the Uruguayan's time in Anfield is over.