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  • dsteer_lfc_68 dsteer_lfc_68 Apr 30, 2013 16:13 Flag

    FA Report on Suarez

    Steve, I understand the desire to increase the ban over the previous biting case, however by their own rules the FA is not allowed to consider any cases outside its jurisdiction (the Dutch league obviously being separate from the Prem) and in fact the panel clearly stated in the report that it looked at this Suarez case in isolation from any other case.

    As for comparing this case to others like Paul Davis, that is a fair point. However why that case and not the bite by Defoe, or any other case of violent conduct? Yes one more than Davis seems appropriate but you could find almost any case to justify whatever sanction you personally think is appropriate to apply to Suarez. For example why not look at the elbow from Gaston Ramirez over the weekend. Obviously a deliberate act, one that came from frustration, and both that and the bite while I'm sure painful at the time did not result in any real injury. The sanction was a red card with no further action by the FA.

    Now I understand the desire to punish Suarez, for the act itself I agree with that sentiment (although I do think some, and maybe including the FA panel, also want to punish the man himself for perceived crimes beyond the biting). It was violent play, and in my mind goes beyond the normal sanction, which is why I think doubling the sanction would have been wise. Part of the rational the panel gave was that they wanted to send a clear message this was inappropriate behavior to ensure its not repeated (even though biting is currently very rare in football).

    I get that and actually agree with it, but by setting the sanction so high are they saying biting is very serious, while deliberately elbowing an opponent while wrong, is not extraordinary so no need to send a clear message that it should not be tolerated. Or in other words are they saying they are okay in tolerating a certain amount of deliberate elbowing? For that matter looking at the length of sanction, a certain amount of racial abuse!