Giorgio Chiellini, the Italian defender, today issued a statement on Luis Suarez transfer ban. He has came out to support the Liverpool star striker and feels the ban 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 remain 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.

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. I sincerely hope that he will be allowed, at least, to stay close to his team mates during the games because such a ban is really alienating for a player.”

Meanwhile, Diego Maradona has blasted FIFA for the four-month ban handed down to Luis Suarez and he feels Suarez has been “crucified” by Fifa. Maradona appeared on the De Zurda TV show in Rio, wearing a t-shirt with a message on it which read “Luisito Estamos Con Vos”, which translates as “Luis we are with you”.

 

“Why? Who is killed? This is football, this is friction,” Maradona is reported to have said, before joking: “Why not send him to Guantanamo?”

 

Reports in media suggest Liverpool are taking legal advice and they could even take action against FIFA. FIFA’s disciplinary commission have suspended Suarez for nine international matches and from “all football activity” until late October. He has also been fined 100,000 Swiss francs (around £66,000). The club feel the ban is too harsh and considering the possibility of bringing a lawsuit against FIFA.

According to James Pearce of Liverpool Echo, Liverpool are prepared to star striker Luis Suarez at Anfield despite the ban.

“Liverpool had made it clear they had no interest in selling and that Suarez would only move on if someone met the release clause in his contract – thought to be around £80million. And despite the embarrassment the striker has once again heaped on the club, there is little appetite inside Anfield to off-load their top talent at a knockdown price.”

Suarez and Chiellini clashed in the 79th minute of the game, television replays showed Suarez has headbutted the Italy defender before going downere Chiellini then accused him of biting his shoulder. The referee didn’t see anything, Chiellini kept showing him bite marks but the referee refused to take any actions.

This is the third time Suarez has bitten an opponent. The Liverpool star striker bit Chelsea‘s Branislav Ivanovic last year and PSV’s Otman Bakkal back in 2010. Suarez was banned for ten games for biting Ivanovic. Just few days back, Suarez was praised for his brace against England and his passion for the game. The 27-year-old has another controversy to deal with which will once again overshadow his beautiful talent. Suarez has no one to blame but himself, his desire and hunger to win games should not lead him to biting players.

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