Why FC Barcelona should pass on signing Luis Suarez

June 25, 2014

One player who is currently being linked to FC Barcelona during this year’s transfer window in Luis Suarez, currently at Liverpool. While there is no denying his skill on the pitch though, last night’s World Cup match between Uruguay and Italy demonstrated why Barça should not touch him, despite being awarded Player of the Year for the 2013-2014 season.

Once again Suarez is accused of biting another player, and although the footage is unclear, his alleged victim,  Giorgio Chiellini, certainly does appear to have teeth marks on his shoulder following the incident. If found guilty it will be the third time he has been sanctioned and certain to be booted out of the World Cup.

Previously he has been suspended from league football for 7 matches by the Dutch football association for biting a PSV player in 2010; he was suspended for 10 Premier League matches in 2013 after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanović.

As well as lengthy suspensions for biting opponents, Suarez has also been found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra in 2011, for which he was suspended for 8 games. Furthermore, he refused to shake the hand of Evra when they next met.

Given FC Barcelona’s strong stance on racism at matches, particularly following the incident when a banana was thrown at Dani Alves (who then showed how to deal with that kind of abuse in style), there can be no way they should even consider Suarez.

Who knows what the new Project Barça is going to be all about, but FC Barcelona is and always should set the examples that other clubs follow, to lead by example and really be more than a club.

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