Ferguson sympathy over Suarez

Sir Alex Ferguson says he understands why Liverpool feel 'aggrieved' after Luis Suarez was given a 10-match ban by the Football Association for biting Branislav Ivanovic.

Last Updated: 27/04/13 at 12:22 Post Comment

Luis Suarez: Handed 10-match ban for biting Ivanovic

Luis Suarez: Handed 10-match ban for biting Ivanovic

It was announced on Friday that Suarez will not appeal against the suspension, handed to the Uruguayan striker after the incident occurred during last Sunday's 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Anfield.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said both the club and player were "shocked and disappointed" by the severity of the punishment when it was announced earlier this week.

Manchester United boss Ferguson says he can understand their disappointment and feels they were right not to suspend the player before the FA dealt out the punishment.

Ferguson reflected on ex-United ace Eric Cantona's nine-month ban for his attack on a Crystal Palace fan back in 1995, claiming the FA told him that if United banned the player they would not take further action - but then upped the four-month suspension that the club had imposed.

"I think back to Cantona and I have to say, a nine-month ban doesn't equate to a 10-match ban, does it?" said Ferguson.

"I can understand how Liverpool are aggrieved at it. I must say that, I'm sure they are.

"I keep going back to (Cantona) - the FA had done us that day. We would never allow that to happen now.

"I would never have listened to them in the first place saying that if you make your punishment we'll be happy, and we did that by giving him a four-month ban and then they turned round two or three days (later, and said) 'Right, we're charging him'. We would never allow that to happen again."

On Liverpool's decision not to ban Suarez before the FA's punishment was handed out, Ferguson added: "I bet they're glad they didn't.

"It didn't work with us, that's for sure. (Former FA executive) David Davies promised us that if we did it (ban Cantona), there'd be no more action take - b****y hell.

"If you think about it - a nine-month ban, it's quite incredible, I still can't get round that, but there you are."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

an we get one on the similarities between this year's Arsenal and 5 years ago. Or any other number you care to pick frankly...it shouldn't be hard.

mc1728
Liverpool: Five Similiarities Five Years On

R

icky van Wolfswinkel's remarkable record of one goal from one game at least deserves an honourable mention. And I'm willing to bet that at least one of Costa, Ulloa or Enner Valencia will earn a place on the list by the end of the season. Probably not Costa

stevenjameshyde
Top Ten PL Strikers Who Started Like A Train...

I

will also give up birthday Christmas and bacon for this to happen

badwolf
Ronaldo return ‘in place’

Footer 365

Premier League: Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez battling testicular cancer

Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he has been receiving treatment for testicular cancer.

Champions League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits Dortmund deserved victory

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits his side were 'average' following their 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Champions League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praises side after Ludogorets win

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praised his side's character as they battled to a late 2-1 win over Ludogorets.

Mail Box

Who's More Miserable - Baggies Or Mags?

There's not a lot to choose between the misery of West Brom fans and the misery of Newcastle fans. We have mails on them, 'only QPR' and lots on Man United...

Forget it, Ronaldo Won't Come Back

A varied morning mailbox, with thoughts on Ronaldo, Daley Blind = Michael Carrick, Ed Woodward redemption, stick with Pardew, QPR's name change and marbles...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property