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FIFA announces Luis Suarez's punishment

Chris Mackowiak - OTNPSportscaster

Saturday, June 28, 2014 • 11:35am

FIFA came out today in response to Luis Suarez's actions the other day and laid down a punishment that definitely fit the crime. The punishment reached far beyond being disqualified from play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was the base line in most people's opinions; it included the next nine Uruguayan international matches along with a 100,000 Swiss franc fine ($112,000) and a four month ban from all soccer related activities which includes his matches at Liverpool. The soccer activities that he is banned from includes entering stadiums that FIFA has jurisdiction over. Maybe these punishments will finally hit the conscience of Luis Suarez so that he can seek help or correct his own behavior.

In case anyone hasn't been in touch with the world or social media the past couple days, Luis Suarez has been under scrutiny for his actions during Uruguay's match against Italy in group play the other day; Uruguay would win the match 1-0 to advance them to the Round of 16 with a winning goal the play after Suarez's incident. While inside the box and away from the immediate play of the match, F Luis Suarez commenced to bite Italian D Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder while being defended. Despite communication to the referee by Chiellini and a display of the bite mark, no ejection was given to Suarez who meanwhile was acting as though Chiellini injured him around his upper jaw (well of course because if someone bit into my shoulder I would lunge my shoulder away from them causing their jaw to hurt…). The biting was the third time Suarez had committed the act in his career along with a few other questionable offenses.

In my opinion and as one who also witnessed the Suarez biting of the Chelsea defender Ivanovic live, I agree completely with the punishment as it seemed to be a long time coming. It is yet a third strike in an inexcusable act; there is no justification for biting for fellow man in a sport or any case, just wrong in every way. Hopefully, this very harsh and detailed punishment will finally have an effect on the Liverpool forward. He most definitely deserved the penalties as he committed this act on the largest stage in front of an international audience which hurt the image of the sport. Overall, I agree with ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas in pondering what Suarez tells his own children about what he has done…three times. There is no way this man could be a role model for his two children or anyone. It is sad to see such brilliant skill and talent go to waste with such reckless and inexcusable behavior. 

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