How do you solve a problem like Suarez?

It reads like some sort of Shakespearean/Greek tragedy really.

The protagonist, Luis Alberto Sanchez Diaz, the man with the gifted, golden feet.  A man who has seemingly been handed his footballing gifts straight from the gods up on Mount Olympus.  Mercurial dribbling ability, footballing intelligence, and the seeming ability to hit the net from anywhere and at any angle.   Mix these in with an amazing workrate, tenacity, courage and strength and it’s not hard to see why he won all the awards he did at the close of last season, as well as winning the hearts of all of those who frequent Anfiled.  Make no mistake about it, Suarez is a wonderfully gifted talent, and, for that alone, we are blessed to have him in England.

Unfortunately, like those tragic heroes of literary origin, Suarez has a fatal flaw.  Much like Gaius Martius Coriolanus, despite the battling qualities which made him a hero to many, it was only these virtues which made him so beloved.  When not at war, his ‘lack of education [made him] so choleric and impatient that he would yield to no living creature, which made him churlish [and] uncivil…’ This unfortunate lack of control over his temper would eventually be manipulated against him in order to force his exile from Rome.  The similarities are uncanny aren’t they?  Suarez’s apparent lack of control over his temper could overshadow his undoubted ability on the pitch and should at least lead to his ‘exile’ from this most spectacular of World Cups.  It could also lead to his ‘exile’ from the Premier League and even England.

As I’ve said before, Suarez is a fantastic footballer and our league will be a lot poorer without him from that standpoint.   The very least you could say is that every incident Luis Suarez has been involved with has taken place on the pitch, against an opposing player, usually bigger than he is!  Whilst that does not excuse his beyond abhorrent racist or violent conduct on the pitch, there are players out there who have done considerably worse to others off the pitch and have seemingly been allowed to continue without anywhere near the scrutiny Suarez finds himself under currently. The very least that has to happen to Suarez is to kick him out for the remainder of the World Cup.  The tournament thus far has been a real feast of football and it would be a shame if the remainder was tainted by this controversy.  In an ideal world, I would also impose a season-long ban on him from playing any form of football anywhere in the world.  I would also compel him to seek psychiatric help for whatever issues he seems to have, cause after all, no sane human being bites their opponents three times throughout their career, and it’s not like any other Uruguayan players (or any other South American player for that matter) have done anything like this, at least not with the regularity Suarez has.

I do not intend this to be a hate post against the guy, I actually am quite a fan of Luis Suarez.  He really is a truly gifted and incredibly hardworking footballer, he also has a truly insatiable desire to help his team to victory, through fair means or foul (hence why I won’t criticise his handball against Ghana in 2010, cause I’m sure if it was your club side/England, you would want one of your players to do it.)  If Suarez is found guilty, he should seek psychological help throughout his ban, he should also show a considerable amount of humility and repentance.  I feel if he is prepared to make a concerted effort to reform his character, he can and should be given one absolute, final chance.   If however (should he banned of course) he refuses to make any effort at all, he or his camp bleat about perceived injustice or cry conspiracy and he remains completely unapologetic for his actions, he has to go.  English football can not afford the corrosive influence of Luis Suarez anymore, regardless of how talented the guy is.

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