Is There A Chance We Can Suffer Suarez In Silence?

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The Uruguayan media have been right about one thing since Tuesday's drama: their English counterparts write about Luis Suarez too much. Once the appeals process is over, once his ban from playing any football at all for four months is ratified, a period of relative silence on the subject would be welcome.

After Uruguay are beaten - and given the pathetic defences of the indefensible their exit cannot come soon enough - we could all stop talking about a figure whose ludicrous bite on Giorgio Chiellini has tainted what has otherwise been a wonderful World Cup.

With such a lengthy ban in place, we can hope that no club that would interest the Liverpool liability would be interested in him. What comes after a four-month ban? A 12-month one, or more. Given that he so signally fails to learn from his mistakes, he remains an accident waiting to happen.

At the time of the incident with Patrice Evra, the claim by the Manchester United player that Suarez had committed to such words was difficult to believe - such an action stretched credulity. Now, however, it is all too apparent now that Suarez enters a state of mind where he is capable of the unimaginably foolish and vicious.

Too many Liverpool fans are joining Uruguayans in finding untenable excuses but team-mates, you hope, will be re-evaluating their views of a player who has let them all down. Brendan Rodgers has found that there is a limit to his skills and John W Henry must be wondering about last December's bumper new contract.

The club are stuck with him, probably. They are in an invidious position, albeit one partially of their own making. It would take the wealth and position of one of the sugar-daddy clubs to throw away a playing asset of such value - but even they are unlikely to take a gamble on such an unstable personality. Arsenal had a lucky escape last summer.

Suarez and his agent may agitate for a move away from Anfield, again citing the persecution by the English media (that somehow a transfer to the Emirates would have mitigated) but, this time, would it be possible to ignore such pleadings? To keep Suarez's name out of the papers for as long as possible?

If Liverpool are stuck with him then so are we; he will return to playing action eventually. At least in Dr Steven Peters they have a man practised in working with the genuinely, rather than the pathetically, dangerous; the psychiatrist worked at institutions such as Rampton high security hospital before moving into sport. It will be worthwhile work - there is an extraordinary talent in there, after all.

But let's not hear too much about it between now and the end of October.

Philip Cornwall

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