He’s a flawed genius – or a nutter – or just a fantastic football player – whatever your perspective he’s certainly generating column inches right now. From our own PM David Cameron – who really should know better, to ex-hard manfootballer and now pundit Robbie Savage there are a kaleidoscope of opinions out there over what may yet be termed “Bite-Gate”.
Some well argued some plain dumb and sadly some just plain sensationalist – searching for that last ounce of meedja coverage – stand up Phil McNulty of the BBC who spoils a pretty fair overview of the situation with some misguided hyperbole – “Sunday’s shocking incident“.
Shocking? Er? Really? Stupid – definitely, mindless – absolutely, requiring punishment – clearly but shocking…. Not really, and that’s got nothing to do with the man and his history of offences that’s a comment on the beautiful game.
Shocking is knowing that Roy Keane went deliberately out of his way to hurt Alfe-Inge Haaland who still carries the memory. As Keane wrote in his book – Keane admitted in his book that he set out to injure Haaland that day: ‘I’d waited long enough. I f****** hit him hard. The ball was there (I think). Take that you c***.
In terms of Cameron’s comments about setting an example to young people – isn’t Roy Keane now a football pundit on ITV? I haven’t heard Cameron say anything about that.
Shocking is the performance of some of our top rated linesman and referees who appear blind to the pulling and tugging and obstruction going on in the penalty boxes in today’s matches.
Shocking is the length of time it has taken to get goal line technology accepted in football when even tennis, for heavens sake, has had it for years!
Shocking is the inconsistency of decisions and action taken by our own FA. By the way I’m a Liverpool supporter and that link’s from an Arsenal blog. Think of it had the referee seen the offence and sent Suarez off it would have been a 3 game ban period, the FA would not have been able to review it and jump in with their size 12’s.
Perhaps most shocking of all is that the man at the head of world football, Sepp Blatter, is almost universally considered to be corrupt and running a corrupt organisation – awarding the World Cup to Qatar…..
That’s what I call shocking!
So yes Suarez has been stupid and it’s frustrating that a man with all the talents that he possesses – possibly one of the top 5 most gifted footballers in world football today reacts in such unacceptable ways, but does he deserve the ferocious attacks from those living in glass houses (Cameron et al)? No he does not. He needs help – he doesn’t need the actions of Evra (biting a fake arm) as he celebrated winning the Premier League title, nor the way that the media considered that this was just a joke! Perhaps they view this as a joke too?
Do I think that Suarez and Liverpool should appeal – on moral grounds I do – however I can’t see us getting much joy so sadly I think we “bite the bullet” and get it over with sooner rather than later – this season’s almost over – let’s not waste any more games next season.
Finally I applaud Ivanovic for the way that he has conducted himself through this sorry mess – he’s been extremely professional – in a way that many others less closely involved have singularly failed to do.
As I was writing this post it has been confirmed that Suarez will not appeal. I and many others hope that we can now move on but equally we demand that the FA is consistent in the way that it now deals with cases they bring under the Violent Conduct rules.