Suarez accepts 10-match ban

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has chosen not to appeal to the ten match ban given to him by the English FA for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against The Blues in the Premier League.   Although the Uruguayan apologized to Ivanovic over the incident, and claimed that a three-match ban would suffice, he has chosen not to appeal to the ban.  Suarez, who had until midday on Friday to appeal to the ban, accepted the punishment and issued another apology via Twitter and his official website.

“I am truly very sorry about the incident with Branislav Ivanovic,” a statement on his official website read. “I hope that all the people who I have offended at Anfield last Sunday will grant me forgiveness. I know that all the things that are happening to me in England will help me improve my conduct on the field. Right now I just want to focus on becoming a better footballer on and off the field. Continue reading

Suarez handed ten match ban

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has been handed a mammoth ten match ban by The Football Association his bite Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.  A three-man independent regulatory commission opted to enlarge the usual three match ban that the FA handed Suarez for violent conduct, and added seven matches to his ban, possible leaving Suarez sidelined until October.  Although Liverpool and Suarez accepted the three-match ban given to Suarez, as referee Kevin Friend did not see the incident, Liverpool said they were “shocked and disappointed” at the severity of the punishment now given. Continue reading

Suarez apologizes to Ivanovic

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has apologized to Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, following the Uruguayan biting Ivanovic during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Anfield.  In the seventieth minute of the Premier League match, Suarez moved his face towards Ivanovic while the two were tussling inside the Chelsea, before biting the Serbian in the arm.

Suarez has taken to Twitter to apologize to Ivanovic, calling his behavior “inexcusable.” Continue reading

2012-2013 PFA shortlist revealed

The Professional Footballer’s Association has revealed it’s six-man shortlist for player of the year, including Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale, Manchester United’s Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick, Chelsea’s Juan Mata and Eden Hazard, and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. Surprisingly, the shortlist does not include any defenders or goalkeepers, and is also short of any players for reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. Swansea’s Michu, who’s £2 million move from Rayo Vallecano over the summer many people’s signing of the season, is also not on the list despite being tied for third highest goalscorer in the Premier League and playing a crucial part in Swansea’s season. Continue reading

MOTD- Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool have come back from behind to earn a good 2-1 win over Aston Villa, who now have dropped down into the relegation zone. Liverpool started the match dominantly, with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho both starting the match very brightly. Stewart Downing whizzed a shot on goal in the second minute, and Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan easily made the save. Despite Liverpool seeing most of the ball Villa got the first big chance of the match when Joseph Bennet swung in a superb cross from the left and Glen Johnson failed to clear the ball at the front post. The ball fell right in front of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke, but neither of them could tap it in from point-blank range.

Villa got a rare chance in the sixteenth minute, when Matthew Lowton swung a magnificent low cross into the Liverpool box. Agbonlahor lathed on to the cross six yards out from goal, and hit a shot straight at Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina who parried it wide for the Liverpool defense to clear. Liverpool stayed on top though, and Suarez almost found the back of the net with a low shot that Guzan had to get down low to save. In the twenty-fourth minute Suarez got another chance when Coutinho played him in on goal from the left. Suarez should have shot with his left, but let it run across his body to shoot with his right, which gave time for Bennet to disrupt his shot. Continue reading

Suarez facing possible ban for “jab”


Luis Suarez punches Gonzalo Jara in Uruguay’s World Cup qualifier against Chile

Uruguay forward Luis Suarez could possibly miss out on Uruguay’s remaining World Cup qualifiers, and is waiting to learn whether he will face a ban for his latest brush of controversy. The twenty-six year old appeared to aim a punch at Chile’s Gonzalo Jara, who is currently on loan from West Bromwich Albion to Nottingham United, in Uruguay’s World Cup qualifier against Chile on Tuesday in the thirty-fifth minute of the match. Referee Nestor Pitana took no action, and Jara did not fall to ground but instead became involved in a verbal altercation with Suarez. The Liverpool forward did end up getting a yellow card for an unrelated incident in the match, so he will miss Uruguay’s next qualifier, a match against Venezuela in June.

Fifa will wait until Pitana’s report, which is scheduled to be submitted by Thursday, until they decide whether to take any action over the clash. Fifa’s decision will depend on whether Pitana or one of his assistants saw the incident and did not deem it worthy of a penalty, or they missed the punch entirely.

“We are still collecting all the post-match international reports, since the officials have got 24 hours to send them,” Fifa said in a statement. “Based on the mentioned reports, Fifa will proceed accordingly.”

Uruguay ended up losing 2-0 to Chile, and currently sit in sixth place in the Conembol qualifying group. Chile are two places better off in fourth place, with only Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia above them.

Suarez open to Liverpool exit

Liverpool star Luis Suarez has hinted that he will leave the Premier League side in the summer for a side competing in the Champions League.  The twenty-six-year-old speaking in South America said that he his happy at Liverpool but also said “you never know in football.”  The in-form forward is the top scorer in the English Premier League so far, scoring twenty-two goals.  He has scored twenty-nine goals in all competitions this season, and is currently away with the Uruguay national squad preparing for their World Cup qualifiers.

“I am very happy at Liverpool but you never know in football,” Suarez said to the Liverpool Echo in South America before Uruguay’s World Cup qualifier with Paraguay on Friday.

“A player’s ambition is always there, the ambition of wanting to play in elite teams is always there. I’m in a world-class team, an elite team like Liverpool. We have to realize we have a new manager who is imposing a philosophy and a way of playing that the players are adapting to as best we can. We hope it will bear fruit next year.”If another team comes around with more prospects of competing in international club competition games, which is willing to have me, they are welcome. We would talk to the club. We would see if I want to go, if I don’t want to go.”

Bayern Munich and Juventus lead the pack of clubs who are keen on signing the Uruguayan, and French club Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in buying the forward.  Although Liverpool are not keen on selling Suarez, and manger Brenden Rodgers insists that player’s future remains at Anfield.

Suarez has had his controversial moments for Liverpool, and earned a eight match ban and a 40,000 pound fine from the English FA for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in 2011.  After speaking of his future at Liverpool, Suarez went on to defended his fiery temperament.

“I have a very strange way of playing football,” Suarez said. “I’m my own severest critic and I realize when I make mistakes.

“There are times that I get yellow cards that can influence a game. I have improved and I have to continue improving

“You can lose some things but you can never lose the slyness, the passion that you have had since you were a kid playing in the street. If I didn’t have the character that I have today on the pitch, I don’t think that I would have become the player that I am today.”