Luis Suarez is in trouble again and judging by the now expected over the top reactions from the English media you could be excused for believing that he had committed a serious crime.
He shouldn’t have done it of course and no doubt the southern branch of the Ku Klux Klan aka the FA will make sure he receives a suitable punishment. Suarez will no doubt hope that he is given the same treatment as Ferdinand received for sarcastically clapping his hands in the face of the match referee when his team lost; but that is most doubtful.
To understand what led up to the biting incident, Ivanovic had been kicking lumps out of Suarez all afternoon and was giving him a cuddle in the box to stop the wee man from getting to the ball. So he bit him to escape from the big defenders clutches.
It has already been agreed that that was wrong and foolish because in my playing days you merely waited for the right moment to get your own back. Mind you the sliding tackle was not frowned upon then and a good well timed effort near the touchline ensured that the bad guy ended up scraping himself on the red blaze surface at the side of the pitch. It normally worked a treat.
I accept that fans are normally biased towards their own players but how often have you seen the referee turn a blind eye to a blatant foul only to be forced to blow for one when the man who was not awarded a free kick has one given against him a minute later for retaliation.
If referees penalised the first offence every time it would save a lot of anger and retaliatory misconduct on the part of others.
As Chris Waddell often says penalties should be given when defenders hold down the opposition in the box, or fouls awarded when the the offence is by the attacking side, but it is important to penalise the first offender every time. It doesn’t matter what the press or pundits say about letting the game flow as that is up to the players not the referee. He is not the one committing offences.
This is not an attempt to take contact out of a contact sport, but this contact sport has rules governing what type of contact is allowed and the sooner the players get the message we will all see better and fairer matches.