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What does Luis Suarez’s ban mean for Uruguay, Liverpool? Which games will he miss?

Jun 26, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT

We all knew it was coming, and now we know how long Luis Suarez will be out of action for, it is time to discuss the impact his absence will have.

Banned four months from all soccer-related activity, Suarez is out of the World Cup. He will not be able to train, play or even attend a game inside a soccer stadium across the planet.

One of the greatest soccer players in the world has been exiled.

While Suarez sits there twiddling his thumbs between now and October, two teams will badly miss the supreme, yet flawed, talent. His national team Uruguay, and his club team Liverpool.

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Without Suarez in their side, Uruguay will struggle to make it out of the Round of 16 at the World Cup. They face Colombia on Saturday in Rio de Janiero and many would expect a Suarez-less Uruguay to get knocked around by a talented Colombian outfit. Even if they make it through that, they will face hosts Brazil or fellow South Americans Chile in the quarterfinals. With a misfiring Edinson Cavani up top as Uruguay’s only other attacking option, Suarez has let his country down when they needed him most. Without him they wouldn’t have beaten England, as Suarez’s two goals secured the crucial victory and his tenacious display either side of his inexcusable bite, wore down Italy’s defense. He is the ‘X’ factor that a defense-minded Uruguay need to unlock other teams. Now, he’s gone.

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Suarez bite Italian defender Chiellini on Tuesday, as the Uruguayan bit another player for the third-time in his career.

As for Liverpool, Suarez will not be around for the first three months of the Premier League season and will not play until the first week of November. Below is a list of the 13 games Suarez could miss for Liverpool.

Just like last season when his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic carried over to the first few months of the 2013-14 campaign, Liverpool will be without their star man. They coped pretty well without Suarez to begin the last season. Can they do it again?

They do have Daniel Sturridge to rely on up top, as the English striker scored 21 PL goals last season and was the second-highest scored in the league behind, you guessed it, Suarez. They also have acquired Rickie Lambert over the offseason to bolster their attack. Liverpool should get by just fine in the PL during Suarez’s absence, but they will miss his supreme talents in the UEFA Champions League against Europe’s elite. It remains to be seen whether or not they sell Suarez or sue him for breach of contract, as this story is far from over.

Suarez’s absence will hurt Liverpool and Uruguay, as his latest act of lunacy will impact club and country. Big time.

GAMES SUAREZ WILL MISS

16 August 2014: Southampton (H)

23 August 2014: Manchester City (A)

30 August 2014: Tottenham (A)

13 September 2014: Aston Villa (H)

16-17 September 2014: Champions League fixture

20 September 2014: West Ham (A)

23-24 September 2014: Capital One Cup third round

27 September 2014: Everton (H)

30 September – 1 October 2014: Champions League fixture

4 October 2014: West Bromwich Albion (H)

18 October 2014: QPR (A)

21-22 October 2014: Champions League fixture

25 October 2014: Hull (H)

  1. mazblast - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    You can say that Liverpool takes the brunt of the punishment for actions Suarez took while not playing for them,, BUT you can also say that they knew his history and kept him despite that. While of course they’d be better with him, they have the firepower to compete well without him.

    Liverpool is one of my favorite sides, but on this one they remind me of a woman who marries a man with whom she had an affair while he was in a prior marriage, and now is all incensed because he cheated on her–“you knew what he was when you married him”.

    Suarez–Billion-dollar talent, incomparable goal scorer, $1.98 brain. WTF was he thinking?

    • bellerophon30 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      I agree, Liverpool will feel hard done by, but doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Especially after they’ve defended him time after time no matter what he does.

      A fitting punishment, though I personally would have let him play in Liverpool’s EPL games and slapped a two year Champions League ban on him. Either way works.

      • chunkala - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        I would have loved either your idea of a 2 year CL ban or at least the 6 group stage games this season. It would have been hilarious if he missed the CL after whining non-stop about it for the past 2 years.

  2. some1kj - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    FIFA & UEFA should adopt the F1 racing model in dealing with incidents on the field. F1 utilizes a 3 man panel consisting of 2 FIA personnel and 1 reputable and experienced ex-F1 driver. The panel looks into any violations during the race, when they spot a violation or an incident worthy of review, the inform the teams whose cars are involved and put out a notice on the screen for millions of people watching around the world that car X & Y are being investigated. After a few minutes, without interrupting the race, they announce their decision and associated penalty. In football, a panel consisting of a FIFA/ UEFA official, an experienced highly ranked referee, and a reputable ex world class player can watch for head butting, biting, elbowing (which officials on field might have missed), goals that result from offside, penalties that are awarded due to players acting to have been fouled (but not), and while the play is not interrupted, they can review and decide what action to be taken and inform the officials on the field. In the event a penalty was scored as a result of bad acting, the player is Red carded and the goal is cancelled, Red cards can also be issued for Deliberate Elbowing, Head butting, Biting, and if a goal is scored due to obvious offside, it can be reversed. If the players argue with the referee, yellow card every one of them. Watch how the game can be cleaned up. And thanks for goal line technology, but shame on Plattini to continue to oppose it for UEFA & CL games.

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