Following the fall out of the latest Luis Suarez incident, Liverpool are facing having their star striker on the side-lines once more. On Thursday afternoon, FIFA’s disciplinary committee announced that Suarez would be banned for 4 months from all football related activities. Despite the incident taking place whist on international duty with Uruguay, Liverpool are the ones who are really being punished. For the second time, they are facing the prospect of starting their Premier League campaign without the 27-year-old due to a ban from biting an opponent.
His time at the Merseyside club has been littered with controversy. The Fenway Sports Group, the owners of Liverpool, along with the then manager Kenny Dalglish, supported Suarez strongly after a racist incident with Patrice Evra. The manner in which they supported him was widely criticised. John Henry, the principal owner, and Tom Werner, the chairman, felt they put themselves on the… Continue reading →
As the group stages of the World Cup draw to a close, all the glorious football has been overshadowed by an act of madness. Yet again Luis Suarez has found himself at the centre of a media storm and, yet again, it’s not because of his undoubtedly brilliant talent. With both Italy and Uruguay facing each other in a sudden death match to qualify for the Last 16 round, the stakes were high. At 0-0 entering the 80th minute with Uruguay attacking, Suarez reacted to a tussle in the box with Giorgio Chiellini by intentionally biting the defenders left shoulder. The Italian understandably responded by flinging his arm out which hit Suarez, sending him to floor. The PFA player of the year then comically held his teeth in pain. No action was taken. Marco Rodriguez, the Mexican referee in charge, failed to see the incident. Astonished, Chiellini showed the mark… Continue reading →
Since England’s early exit from the World Cup, the expected dissection of everything Three Lion’s related has begun. The public want answers as to why, yet again, the nation has failed in a big tournament. In pubs, front rooms, and school grounds across the country everyone has an opinion. There were questions over Wayne Rooney’s involvement after the Italy game. Then when Luis Suarez scored twice to seal England’s fate, fingers were pointed at the lack of experienced defenders. But as always the responsibility lies with the manager, and it wasn’t long before the question of resigning was put to Roy Hodgson. The question was answered with a firm no. This was followed with strong support from Greg Dyke, the Chairman of the Football Association. A clear move away the experience of previous managers of the national job, who often found themselves looking for a new role after a poor… Continue reading →
As Chelsea close in on the big money signing of Diego Costa, Romelu Lukaku could once again find himself surplus to requirements. The 6’3” striker joined the Blues in 2011 after making a name from himself at R.S.C Anderlecht. Since then he’s only managed to make ten appearances for his parent club and has found himself out on loan for the last two years.
The powerful forward made his professional debut for Anderlecht at just 16. He went on to spend four years at the Jupiler Pro League side, with the highlight being the 2009/10 season. His 15 goals helped Les Mauves et Blancs to win the league title and on a personal level saw him be crowned as the top goal scorer. The young striker continued to impress the following season, and was rewarded with a move to the West London Club.
After one season in the Premier League,… Continue reading →
Following the arrival of Luis Enrique as Barcelona’s first team coach, Cesc Fabregas has found himself surplus to requirements at his boyhood club. Having left the Catalonia giants at the tender age of 16, he soon found himself at the centre of Arsenal’s midfield. As he matured so did his performances, and it wasn’t long before Arsene Wenger handed him the captain’s armband. Despite all his ability and leadership on the pitch, he was never able to return the Gunner’s to their former glory.
After experiencing six years where the Emirates trophy cabinet remained locked, a return to Spain was too hard to resist. In 2011, a protracted transfer saga eventually saw the Arsenal captain return to his home country for a reported £35 million. He was joining a golden generation for the four-time European Champions. Pep Guardiola, with his tiki-taka style, had brought great success to the club and… Continue reading →