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Aggrieved at the severity of Luis Suarez's 10-match ban for biting an opponent, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers launched a robust defense of the striker Thursday and said the punishment was given ''against the man rather than the incident.''
Suarez was hit with one of English football's longest suspensions for on-pitch misbehavior after biting Branislav Ivanovic during Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.
''He has a sanction that doesn't really fit what he did,'' Rodgers said. ''I can't help but look at it and look at the sanction that's been put on Luis for the incident, and honestly feel the punishment has been against the man rather than the incident. That's my underlying feeling.''
Backing up his theory, Rodgers cited a similar offense committed in 2006 by Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, who only received a yellow card. Defoe escaped further punishment because the referee saw the incident a...
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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been banned for 10 matches by the English Football Association for biting an opponent during a Premier League match.
The suspension rules the Uruguay international out for the final four league matches of this campaign and the first six of next season.
The FA said in a statement released Wednesday that an independent panel said the regular suspension...
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for 10 matches by the English Football Association on Wednesday for biting an opponent during a Premier League match, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said Suarez and the club were ''shocked and disappointed'' at the punishment.
The FA said in a statement that a three-man independent...
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Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has accepted an FA charge of violent conduct for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield on Sunday.
However, Suarez disputes the FA's belief that the standard ban of three matches is insufficient in this instance, due to the severity of his offence.
Suarez will learn his fate on Wednesday, when an Independent Regulatory Commission, consisting...
Luis Suarez has accepted his 10-match ban imposed for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, the Football Association has announced.
The Liverpool striker had been given two days to decide whether to appeal against the sanction imposed after the incident during the 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday but has not done so.
It means the Uruguay international will miss Liverpool's...
The FA have handed Liverpool striker Luis Suarez a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in Sunday's Premier League match.
Suarez pleaded guilty to a Football Association charge of violent conduct on Tuesday but rejected the governing body's claim that an automatic three-match suspension was "clearly insufficient".
A three-man independent...
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has attracted differing reactions on Twitter.
Here TEAMtalk carries comments on how the ban has been received.
Joseph Barton @Joey7Barton: Think its a fair ban for Suarez. Mine was 2 longer and deservedly so in my eyes. Liverpool and the player, shouldn't appeal. Its a fair ban!
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for 10 matches for biting Chelsea's Branislav to act as a deterrent to further such "deplorable behavior", an Football Association Regulatory Commission ruled.
The Uruguay international was handed a lengthy suspension for the incident, missed by referee Kevin Friend but subsequently reviewed using television evidence, in last...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Columnist The next time Luis Suarez gets the urge to sink his teeth into an opponent, let's hope his victim is someone other than Branislav Ivanovic.
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Brendan Rodgers is focusing on Luis Suarez's rehabilitation while Liverpool decide whether to appeal against his 10-match ban for biting.
Reds officials, who on Thursday night received the written report of the independent disciplinary panel, have until midday to opt to contest a punishment Rodgers described as "severe".
The Northern Irishman, speaking before the...
Newcastle must now have a much better chance of the win against Liverpool on Saturday, since the Reds will be without Luis Suarez, who has just picked up another ban – for 10 matches this time – for biting Branislav Ivanovic. Steven Taylor – we’re behind the manager That’s the second long-term ban the Uruguayan [...]
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