Actions always have consequences.
Luis Suarez knows this more than most having been banned for biting players, not once, not twice, but three times.
Among a long list of other controversies including his dastardly handball against Ghana at the 2010 World Cup and racially abusing Patrice Evra, Suarez has established a reputation as a pure villain of the game.
Admittedly he seems to have settled down since joining Barcelona but everything could have turned out so differently.
And it all would have been Suarez’ own fault.
Cast your mind back to the 2010 World Cup, England were once again bombing out of the group stages behind Uruguay and Italy and left to play a dead rubber against Costa Rica.
But, enough about that, it’s all due to change in four years.
Back to Suarez, during Uruguay’s crunch game against Italy he sunk his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini causing widespread outrage.
Although the ref didn’t see it Suarez has admitted that he knew he would probably be facing a lengthy ban as soon as he did it.
Suarez opened talks with the Catalan side about a move away from Liverpool during the tournament.
Gerard Pique asked him in a interview with The Players Tribune whether the Uruguayan thought the deal could fall through because of the bite.
“Yes, yes. Because it was everything – in addition to thinking about the World Cup, and being able to fulfil my dream to come here to Barca – everything had gone overboard for me,” he said.
“And I think in the few days after that – before they kicked me out of the World Cup – that’s when I spoke with Zubi [Andoni Zubizarreta Urreta], and the president, and they told me to be calm because Barca still wanted me and… and I have no problem saying it, I cried.
“Because they were accepting, and me going through what I did in that moment and with the s*** I had caused, it was complicated to trust in me. Truth is, Barca has been so good to me, and I will always be grateful for that.”
Yes Luis, they have been very good to you – Barca paid £65million to bring Suarez to the Nou Camp despite him serving a four month ban from all football-related activities.
Count yourself lucky.
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