Luis Suarez bite: Liverpool and Uruguay striker facing yet more time on the sidelines... he's already missed 30 matches since 2010
Suarez has been banned for racism, biting, bookings and a single red card
Wednesday 25 June 2014
Luis Surez is no stranger to controversy. If found guilty, his latest transgression could see him banned from as little to two matches to two years and 24 international games.
Although the Uruguay striker has never been banned for that long in one go, the sheer number of incidents have left Suarez missing games for every club he has been at.
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Arriving at Eredivisie side Groningen at 19, the Uruguayan was a hit but struggled with disciplinary problems. In one prolific five-game stretch Suarez found the net five times but also picked up three yellow cards and a red.
On his international debut against Colombia, Suarez was sent off in the dying minutes after picking up a second yellow card for dissent.
Suarez, now 27, reached international notoriety at the 2010 World Cup. Playing Ghana in the quarter-finals, he stopped Dominic Adiyiah scoring in the final minute with a deliberate handball. Asamoah Gyam missed the penalty, Uruguay went onto win and Suarez drew outrage for dancing on the pitch at full time. During the World Cup quarter-finals, Suarez prevented Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah scoring with a deliberate handball
PSV midfielder was the first opponent to feel the full force of Suarez's teeth. During a game between PSV and Suarez's Ajax in November 2010, Suarez sunk his teeth into the shoulder of the player causing Ajax to suspend him for two matches and fine him an undisclosed amount that was donated to a good cause.
The Dutch football association decided the ban wasn't enough, increasing it to seven matches.
While at Ajax, then manager Marco van Basten criticised Suarez for his diving, threatening to fine the striker.
"Suarez is extremely important to us and is involved in almost all the goals that we score but he harms us too with all those yellow cards," he said.
There was also an altercation with Ajax team-mate Albert Luque during half-time at a game that led to the two players being fined.
Liverpool bought the striker two months later and his first half-season passed without much incident. He drew criticism for his propensity to exaggerate fouls.
Then came the Patrice Evra controversy. In a game against Manchester United, Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing captain Patrice Evra, calling him "negrito". Suarez was banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 for the incident, protesting his innocent throughout. He then refused to shake Evra's hand at Old Trafford the following February. Suarez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Patrice Evra
In December, having not yet served his ban for racism, Suarez was seen swearing at Fulham fans at Craven Cottage. The FA gave him a one-match ban and £20,000 ban for the gesture.
During an FA Cup fourth round match against lower league Mansfield, Suarez was again in the headlines, handling the ball in a tight match that Liverpool went on to win.
The biggest ban Suarez's career came in April 2013, for the second instance of biting an opponent, this time it was Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.
Suarez was given a huge 10-game ban for the bite, as well as being fined an undisclosed amount. He finished the 2012/13 season with 10 yellow cards, the joint highest amount that year. A bite on Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic brought an eight-game ban
Last season Suarez was generally only in the spotlight for his brilliance in front of goal. Firing 31 goals as Liverpool mounted a surprise Premier League title challenge, Suarez avoided major controversy for the Reds, though he did dive against Brad Guzan.
However it wasn't far behind for the national team. During a World Cup qualifier against Chile in March, Suarez went unpunished for a punch to the face of defender Gonzalo Jara.
Then come the Giorgio Chiellini bite, the third of his career.
In the Premier League alone, Suarez has not been sent off but has picked up 23 bookings in just 110 matches, though only two of those have been for diving.
Suarez has until 9pm tonight to respond to charges from Fifa.
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