Luis Suarez Blasted by Premier League Chief Richard Scudamore

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2014

FILE - In this June 24, 2014 file photo, Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay in Natal, Brazil. Sinking teeth into the shoulder of Giorgio Chiellini in a group-stage game led to a four-month ban from all football for the Uruguay striker. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)
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Luis Suarez has been openly criticised by Premier League supremo Richard Scudamore, who has described the former Liverpool player as "an accident waiting to happen."

Nick Purewal of The Independent reports comments made by Scudamore, one of English football's primary leaders, who proclaimed he was happy to see the back of the Uruguay forward:

He's great to have but an accident waiting to happen, and if you spend your time trying to promote what's good about the Premier League, you're always waiting for the next thing to come along.

And this one in the summer, although it was with Uruguay, although it didn't directly involve the Premier League, clearly it reflected on Liverpool as one of our great clubs. And it reflected on us.

He's done his time here, but I can't say I'm sorry to see him go.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:   Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore addresses the media during the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund Launch at The London Nautical School on October 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Ge
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James Tyler of ESPN was immediately critical of Scudamore's stance on the player.

Tyler highlighted that Scudamore was less vocal over some of the ownership issues that Premier League clubs have had, in comparison to the Suarez affair:

Suarez left Liverpool under a cloud this summer after the third biting incident of his career happened in front of a television audience of millions, representing his country at the World Cup in Brazil against Italy.

The player was subsequently given a ban from all football activity for four months and will learn the fate of his appeal against its severity to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday.

However, the ban did not stop Suarez's prospective move to Barcelona, and he will make his debut in Spanish football in the weeks ahead. 

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 12: A shirt of new FC Barcelona player Luis Suarez are seen on display at the FC Barcelona official store on July 12, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Suarez's recently found status as one of the world's best players is a tangible loss for the Premier League, as yet another star name chooses La Liga ahead of the English competition.

The player hit 31 goals in 33 Premier League matches last term, per Squawka, confirming his status as one of the planet's great predatory strikers.

However, this loss does not concern Scudamore, per Purewal. He said at the Premier League launch:

We lost David Beckham as well, remember, we do often lose one or two. The truth of the matter is the Spanish system producing those two very wealthy clubs, because of the way they sell their individual television rights, have always had the economic power.


We've not always had the absolute top name at any given time in world football, but we've got enough in the top 50 of the world's best players. And we've certainly got eight of the world's top 20 clubs, and that's the most important thing for me—we've got 20 competitive clubs.

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Now that Suarez has exited English football, it is easy for Scudamore to criticise the player, but there is a train of thought that the Premier League should have been harder on both Liverpool and Suarez for their former indiscretions.

There is little doubt Suarez will be sensational in a Barcelona shirt, and his sale will slightly lower the overall value of the English top division.

But the Premier League thrives because of its style of play and pure drama, in comparison to La Liga's Hollywood-style ensemble. 

The Spanish league has always attracted the big individual names of world football—Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar currently stand as arguably the three most marketable—and Scudamore rightfully highlights the unique economic structuring of both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The two grand clubs of La Liga have a gravitational pull on the top names of the sport, but this has not stopped the Premier League from becoming the world's favoured brand.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 14:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool faces the media during the presentation as new Ambassador for 888poker on May 14, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Suarez will slip into the Camp Nou with little fuss when his ban is over. He is assured to be well-behaved in his early days in a Barca shirt, but the problems may come later on down the line.

His conduct in future El Clasicos will be interesting to observe, given the inflammatory nature of the tie.

Messi and Ronaldo are both controlled and disciplined individuals, so have proved themselves in the fiery environment of the Spanish derby, but Suarez neither has the control nor the inclination to keep his head.

Only time will tell if Suarez's time at Barcelona will be a happy one, but Scudamore was probably correct in saying that the player's time in English football deservedly came to an abrupt end.