Luis Suárez, that well known Uruguayan “pillar of Fair Play” has done it again.
Yes, the player who gained notoriety in FIFA World Cup™ South Africa 2010 by illegally handling a goal-bound shot with his hands, and later was dubbed “the cannibal of Ajax” by the Dutch press after biting an opponent on the shoulder, has sparked controversy one more time, after refusing to shake hands with Patrice Evra last Saturday at Old Trafford.
The story, however, goes a long way back. It was October 2011, when Suárez was charged with abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour contrary to FA rules, including “a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Patrice Evra”. On December 20th, the FA concluded a seven-day hearing, handing Suárez an eight-match ban and a £40,000 fine for racially abusing Evra.
It is clear to me that racism and any other form of abuse in the sports world ought to be prohibited and duly reprimanded. Luis Suárez’s record of disregard for “Fair Play” makes it clear he is a disgrace for this sport and due to his repeated offenses ought to be banned from playing at Barclays Premier League.
British sensationalist media are now talking about Suarez’s dismissal from the club.
Luis Suarez is heading for the Anfield exit (…) Dalglish is known for his loyalty, but now he feels Suarez has undermined the traditions of the club he loves, there will be no forgiveness: The Mirror.
Luis Suarez is heading for the Anfield exit door after Liverpool officially branded him a liar: The Sun.
David Cameron (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) will hold a meeting this month with player representatives and senior officers from the FA and the Premier League, to address the issue of racism in football. According to The Guardian, this is an attempt to ensure that the sport is not dragged back to the “bad old days”.
February 13th, 2012.