What will and what should happen to football’s biggest villain?
There’s a World Cup going on right now, but the football world is talking about one thing, and one thing only.
Liverpool owned Uruguayan Luis Suarez bit an opponent against Italy, sending the world’s media into overdrive. His inexcusable actions (it’s the third time he’s bitten someone) have called supporters worldwide to question the appropriate punishments, and what will eventually happen to the 27-year-old maverick.
Here’s what the Caught Offside team reckons…
How is best for FIFA to deal with Luis Suarez, and what punishment should he receive?
Throw the book at him. Ban him for two years worth of international football. I don’t think thought that Liverpool deserve to be punished for the actions of a player they currently have no control or responsibility over.
FIFA need to throw the book at the serial offender, nothing less than a ten match international ban.
Take away his goals so that England qualify in second place behind Costa Rica.
Being serious, it’s hard to say how many international games he should miss given the irregularity of matches in the calendar, but his World Cup should certainly be over. I’d therefore ban him for at least four games.
Ban from the World Cup and the next two major international tournaments Uruguay play in.
Has the time come for Liverpool to sell their world-class striker?
No. Right now, his value has plummeted by £20m. Wait for him to have another 30-goal season and move him on then.
Yes. Enough is enough. They’ve stood by the Uruguayan though thick and thin and he has repaid them by once again shaming himself and by proxy shaming the club he represents.
Yes, because Luis Suarez is at the peak of his value. Daniel Sturridge is a world class finisher, and Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho will continue to improve into real leaders of this Liverpool side. For enough money, Brendan Rodgers’ team ought to be able to progress without the Luis Suarez circus.
Only if the right offer comes along, they have stuck by him through everything else, and while there may be some internal punishment I would imagine they’ll consider that enough.
If so, who’d be the perfect replacement at Anfield?
There’s only two players in world football capable of lacing Suarez’s boots right now, and neither of them are ever going to move to Anfield. Get Sanchez, and use him wide with Sturridge centrally.
Romelu Lukaku. Fits Brendan Rodgers’ youthful transfer policy and given his good relationship with his former club and Jose Mourinho, he could well win the race to sign the young Belgian.
If FC Barcelona only want £25-30m for Alexis Sanchez, Liverpool could sign a world class talent this summer and make a profit.
If he does leave, Alexis Sanchez will likely come in as part of the deal.
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