The Liverpool hierarchy are set to meet on Wednesday in order to discuss Luis Suarez's Anfield future, which has been called into question after the Uruguayan striker appeared to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Tuesday's World Cup showdown at the Arenas das Dunas.
Suarez's actions in Brazil have reverberated across the globe, bringing unwanted attention to a player who has now bitten three opponents during his professional career. He was suspended for seven and 10 games, respectively, for bites on Otman Bakkal and Branislav Ivanovic, but he is likely to face a tougher punishment once FIFA tackles the latest incident.
Liverpool are said to be seriously unhappy with the man who netted 31 goals in the Premier League last season, as reported by David Maddock of the Mirror:
Liverpool will hold crisis talks on Wednesday to discuss the future of Luis Suarez.
The Reds' boardroom will speak with manager Brendan Rodgers in a cross-Atlantic conference meeting, as they decide on a strategy after the striker's latest shame.
And Suarez could discover his Anfield bosses have run out of patience after his latest loss of control.
Former England striker Gary Lineker, now presenting BBC's Match of the Day, provided quotes from Suarez that are unlikely to win back the hearts of many:
Suarez "These things happen in the box, we were in contact, chest against shoulder, and I got a knock to the eye." Yet he held his teeth?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 24, 2014
Criticism continues to flood in across the globe. British coverage is sure to get plenty of attention after Suarez's recent comments that various outlets "laughed about my attitude" prior to him scoring a brace to send England out of the World Cup, per David Hytner of the Guardian.
Nick Sutton of BBC Radio 4 highlighted some of the British reaction in the morning's papers:
Interestingly, Ben Smith of BBC Sport suggested his question about Suarez wasn't taken seriously in the post-match press conference, perhaps due to him being involved with a British publication:
Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez says he has not seen the Suarez bite. He also claims I have an agenda against the player ...— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) June 24, 2014
Ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, who continues to grab the attention of many with his straight-talking quotes, indicated in his Paddy Power blog that "people will remember Suarez now for his biting antics at this World Cup rather than his supreme footballing ability," and that he has "embarrassed his club, country and family," per Sam Adams of the Mirror.
Should FIFA's potential punishment stop Luis Suarez from playing at club level?
Whatever your view on Suarez as a player, it's extremely difficult to defend an individual who has committed the same offence three times. Currently linked with a move to Barcelona, as reported by Rik Sharma of the Daily Mail, the player has once again battered his reputation in front of millions of viewers. Should Liverpool decide to sell, Suarez's actions may have cost them a decent chunk of cash.
Right now, FIFA's reaction will be key. It is unclear whether Liverpool will feel the force of a potential ban at club level, as it would certainly be harsh on the Merseyside outfit if they were punished for Suarez's actions at international level.
Maddock indicated FIFA "have the power to extend any ban to all football," so the Premier League club face the possibility of starting next year without their star man—just like they did in 2013-14 after he bit Ivanovic.
Both Uruguay and Suarez have seemed quick to play down the incident, but this is unlikely to pass without reprimand. Unfortunately for Liverpool, their striker's actions could have a real impact on playing and business matters at Anfield next season.