Luis Suarez has got a famous footballer supporting him after FIFA handed him a nine-game, four-month ban for biting, as Argentina icon Diego Maradona wore a t-shirt with a message for him.
Maradona scrawled a note saying: "Luisito, we are with you" on to a plain white t-shirt before going on television. He is hosting a chat show during the tournament in his native Argentina on De Zurda TV channel.
Maradona is quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying of Suarez's punishment:
"Why? Who is killed? This is football, this is friction. Why not send him to Guantanamo?"
The stance evokes the time in 2011 when then Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish wore a t-shirt supporting Suarez at a time when he had been accused of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.
Kenny Dalglish furiously digging around in the back of his wardrobe for his Suarez T-shirt. pic.twitter.com/kWtobzszm4— Daley (@DaleyAFC) June 26, 2014
The FA later banned the Uruguayan eight games for that offence after a lengthy investigation.
[H/T Liverpool Echo]