Friday, June 27, 2014

Way Too Lenient

Days after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, FIFA has suspended Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for 9 international games as well as all football activities for 4 months. This meant that Suarez will miss the rest of the World Cup as well as the first 9 games of the season for his club, Liverpool. The player has also been fined 100,000 Swiss francs (£65,680).

Now reaction to the ban has been widespread and some people are saying that it’s too harsh. I can’t understand why because I’m of the notion that the punishment is way too lenient!

Think about this; Luis Suarez bit a player in Holland and was suspended for 7 games. He bit a player in England and was suspended for 10 games. He now bit a player in Brazil (in the World Cup) and got suspended for 9 games? Can someone tell me why in the world was the punishment LOWER than the punishment handed out in England?

The World Cup is a much bigger stage than the English Premier League (EPL), but the suspension is actually LOWER? Can someone in FIFA please explain that to me? The man is a persistent offender and I for one actually thought the punishment would have been much harsher.  

The 4 month ban is actually 2 months because the EPL only start in late August and the fine is like one week wages for Luis Suarez! You commit the same offence for the third time in the biggest stage in the world and you actually get a LOWER punishment? FIFA might as well throw away their disciplinary code (a maximum ban of 24 matches or two years).

Their code is not worth the paper it is written on. 

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