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I don't see what banning the guy will achieve.
Dave Steer posted that he might need professional help, I agree.
To ban him and let him come back without help would be cruelty on a par with bear baiting.
This is beyond football, IMHo.
You don't see what banning him will achieve?
1. It's a punishment. What he did was wrong.
2. It's a message to him and everyone else that biting is considered unacceptable and will be punished.
It seems to me that those saying he needs help (from JC downwards) are suggesting he is mentally ill in some way. My view is that he is just a **** who never learned to balance reward against responsibility properly. Perhaps a sociopath, as I suggested earlier.
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He does deserve a ban, of that I think few doubt. The only question is how long that ban should be, which is where there seems to be disagreement.
However to Ralf's point, and here I agree with him, a ban alone is not going to be enough imo. I have no doubt that Suarez is someone who will look to bend the rules in order to win, the handball Sunday, and the World Cup is evidence of that. However the bite Sunday and in Holland, while deliberate I see not as some master plan to unnerve defenders, but an act by someone who cannot fully control his emotions.
It really comes down to, if you believe Suarez acts out in an effort to influence the result, that he's a rational actor. By diving, talking to defenders (which almost all players do) or hand balling he thinks he can gain advantage with no or minimal cost. the WC handball is a perfect example. He knew by handling he would save the goal and give his team a chance. But he also knew he'd be sent off, banned for the next fixture, and that he'd only given the team a chance as there was no guarantee the penalty would be saved. But he made a rational choice. Other players have handled on the line, and the subsequent penalty has resulted in a goal, and the incident is quickly forgotten, but for some reason because the Ghanaian missed the spot kick we think Suarez somehow got away with some dastardly deed.
But where is the rational behavior in either biting cases? Its obvious he'd be caught and punished, and hard to see what advantage he'd gain for himself or his team. That is even more clear in the Holland case where it happened 3 or 4 feet away from the onlooking ref.
Which is why I don't see either as premeditated, or some master plan of a scheming Suarez. And, therefor why I think Suarez needs some help with how to handle his emotions on the pitch. But that is not the job of the FA, but I do hope its something the player himself seeks out, and the club helps him with. And, remember he's not the only one with this issue. Biting maybe unusual, but the so called "Red Mist' inflicts many players, they just don't act out in the same way.