World Cup - 'Barbaric' punishment treats Suarez 'like a dog'

In-depth: We look at all the reaction to Luis Suarez's four-month ban from football, including a broadside from his granny...

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World Cup - 'Barbaric' punishment treats Suarez 'like a dog'
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Uruguay fans show their support for Luis Suarez

WHAT HAPPENED

The Uruguayan FA have announced that they will appeal the nine-game ban that FIFA has imposed on Luis Suarez for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Suarez has also been banned for four months from any football-related activity, preventing him from representing Liverpool until the end of October.

The ban means that Suarez can next expect to step on a football pitch on November 1 when Liverpool play Newcastle United.

[URUGUAY FA TO APPEAL SUAREZ BAN]

However, Uruguay FA president Wilmar Valdez has now confirmed that they will appeal.

"The punishment is too strong for the foul," Valdez told local television. "Uruguay does not feel persecuted and Suarez is not a victim."

[OVERREACTION THEATRE: SUAREZ SENT TO BED WITHOUT SUPPER]

WHAT HIS GRANNY SAID

Suarez has been unfairly victimised in his "barbaric" expulsion from the World Cup for biting, his disconsolate grandmother said on Thursday. "Everyone knows what they've done to Luis. They wanted him out of the World Cup. Perfect, they did it. They chucked him out of there like a dog," a sobbing Lila Piriz Da Rosa told Reuters from Suarez's birthtown Salto in north-west Uruguay.

Piriz, who has 22 grand-children, said football authorities had been watching Suarez from the outset. "This was on purpose," she said of the sanctions given to the brilliant but volatile Suarez, who has been punished three times now for biting and once for racism. "They had their eyes on him to see what he does. It's barbaric what they've done to him," Piriz added. "I'm his granny and I love my boy loads,!" Piriz said. "Please don't ask me any more."

[MOLBY: LIVERPOOL MAY HAVE TO SWALLOW PRIDE]

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OUR VIEW

Suarez has been given the ban he deserves for his outrageous and repeated biting offences. He besmirched the good name of FIFA (er, sort of) by chomping into Chiellini and Uruguay's ridiculous backing of the striker - even extending to denying he even bit his opponent - was been justly exposed as nonsense. However, the ban does feel rather harsh on Liverpool, who were not even involved in the incident.

[FIFA: SUAREZ CAN MOVE CLUBS]

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Liverpool are taking legal advice to establish, among other things, whether they have grounds to challenge the FIFA ban handed out to Luis Suarez. The Independent is among the papers to report that the club are keeping their distance from the incident while they take counsel and gather information and before they comment further. The paper explains that there is a possibility the Reds, who stand to lose their star player for the first nine Premier League matches of next season, as well as the first three Champions League group games, could appeal through the FA if they can argue that Suarez is registered with the FA, even though he plays for Uruguay. As a last resort the club could appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

WHAT URUGUAY FANS DID

About 500 fans gathered outside Montevideo's Carrasco international airport to express solidarity with Suarez and chant his name. Some had been waiting for hours, waving Uruguay flags, posters of Suarez and replicas of the World Cup trophy. Airport authorities said, however, that he was to be whisked out privately and to his home in the coastal resort of Solymar, about 40 kilometres outside Montevideo

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WHAT THE URUGUAYAN MEDIA SAID

Martin Aguirre, El Pais, writing in The Guardian: "In a land that makes a religion of winning, of leaving the last drop of sweat on the field, where a virtuoso like Nicolás Lodeiro gets credit only when he dives head-first to block a ball like he did against England, it is obvious that a man like Suarez will be a national hero. Someone who is a millionaire by his own effort but will put his life on the line to gain possession, to score a goal, to win a game. He represents all the values that we consider validate a real footballer. So when his goals and his behaviour started turning him into a global figure, and when the international media put its magnifying lens over him, we contrived two explanations to justify his attitudes.

"First it was his troubled youth: a divided family with financial problems, his early departure from the family home in Salto to enrol in Nacional’s youth team. But, to be honest, this was not quite enough, at least in Uruguayan eyes. That is probably the story of nine out of 10 players in this country. So to the second explanation and another local speciality: the conspiracy theory.

"If there is a myth that impregnates Uruguayan football, it is the obsession that there is always a plot against us in the politics of the game. That we are not an important economic market, that we usually bring down the big names in events, and therefore represent bad business. This idea will only gain currency after the heavy and unprecedented sanction against Suárez, especially when, should Uruguay get past Colombia, a quarter-final against Brazil is the likely outcome."

COMING UP

Nothing - it's a rest day! So kick back, relax, and get ready for the last 16 which starts tomorrow.

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