الثلاثاء , مايو 18 2021

Suarez needs treatment

Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke has called on Luis Suarez to seek treatment after being found guilty of biting an opponent for a third time.

Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy on Tuesday and has been banned from all football-related activity

for four months

by world football’s governing body.

“He should go for treatment,” Valcke said. “It’s definitely wrong.

“The first time, it’s an incident. More than once, it is not.”

International players’ union FIFPro called for Suarez to “receive all the support he needs”.

Suarez didn’t kill anyone. This is an unjust punishment, the act of an incredible mafia

Diego Maradona

“The focus should be on the rehabilitation and serious treatment of the player. FIFPro believes that treatment must be a part of any sanction,” a

statement 

read.

FIFPro said Suarez’s prolonged absence from the game “must be addressed as it directly infringes his right to work”.

Suarez was banned for 10 matches for

biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic

in April 2013 and seven matches for

doing similar to PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal

while playing for Ajax in 2010.

“That is why the sanction has to be exemplary,” Valke added.

Suarez has received support from World Cup winner Diego Maradona, while Chiellini branded the ban “excessive”.

The Uruguayan is not allowed to train with his club or enter a football stadium yet Spanish side

Barcelona remain interested in signing the player from Liverpool.

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini appearing to claim Uruguay striker Luis Suarez bit him

Giorgio Chiellini, the victim of the bite, feels Fifa’s sanction is too hard on Suarez

For their part, Liverpool are seeking legal advice after being denied the services of last season’s leading Premier League scorer until the end of October.

Meanwhile, online gambling firm 888poker says it has

terminated its relationship with Suarez

with immediate effect.

Suarez, who flew back to the Uruguayan capital Montevideo in the early hours of Friday morning, denied the allegations following his

clash with Chiellini,

claiming the centre-back had bumped into him.

But Fifa decided he was guilty and gave him the longest ban in World Cup history.

Suarez also received a nine-match international suspension and a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs (£65,680).

Writing on his

personal website, 

Chiellini, 29, said: “I have always considered unequivocal the disciplinary interventions by the competent bodies but, at the same time, I believe that the proposed formula is excessive.

“Now inside me there’s no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that’s done. There only remains the anger and the disappointment about the match.

“At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period.”

Diego Maradona on De Zurda

Maradona wore a T-shirt on his TV show bearing the slogan ‘Luisito Estamos Con Vos’ – ‘Luis we are with you’.

Former Argentina captain and coach Maradona declared his support for Suarez on his television show De Zurda on Thursday night.

“The Fifa sanction is shameful, they have no sensitivity towards the fans, they might as well handcuff him and throw him in Guantanamo,” said Maradona, who was wearing a T-shirt bearing the message, ‘Luis, we are with you’.

“It hurts that they have cut short the career of a lad who is a winner. It’s an excessive suspension, Fifa cannot talk about morals to anyone.

“Suarez didn’t kill anyone. This is an unjust punishment, the act of an incredible mafia.”

Maradona interviewed Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica during the programme, broadcast on Telesur TV.

“We Uruguayans are full of anger, those coming from below do not understand anything,” said Mujica.

“We kicked out Italy and

England,

no doubt they lost a lot of money.”

Mujica claimed Fifa used “a different standard” to judge certain countries. “That’s what hurts and angers us the most,” he added.

Uruguay will play Colombia in the last 16 on Saturday after qualifying from Group D behind Costa Rica.

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