- Title: UNITED KINGDOM: FOOTBALL/SOCCER - Liverpool fans react to Luis Suarez storm
- Date: 22nd April 2013
- Summary: EXTERIOR OF LIVERPOOL SUPERSTORE (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL FAN SAYS "I don't think he will play again this season, for the club, and I think that will be punishment enough" POSTER OF SUAREZ IN SHOP WINDOW NEWSSTAND WITH SUAREZ HEADLINE
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- Location: United Kingdom
- Country: United Kingdom
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- Story Text: Liverpool have fined Uruguay striker Luis Suarez an undisclosed amount for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic at the weekend but will not sack him, the Premier League club said on Monday (April 22).
Suarez, the league's top scorer with 23 goals, has been widely condemned for his behaviour in Sunday's 2-2 draw and is expected to get a lengthy ban from the Football Association but Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said the club would stand by him.
Ayre did not specify the size of the fine but Suarez asked for the money to be donated to the Hillsborough Family Support Group - an organisation set up after the 1989 stadium disaster that left 96 Liverpool fans dead.
Suarez is such an icon to many Liverpool fans that his image is spread all over the city. One supporter said Suarez should not be forced to leave the club.
"It is not right for a player to do that sort of thing, but he is such an inspiration for Liverpool, " he said.
" So as long as the club take the necessary disciplinary action then I think he should stay".
According to another fan, it's the two sides to the striker's personality that makes him the player he is. "He tends to do those things and he has a little devil in him but it is the same devil that makes him run around like an idiot for 90 plus minutes".
Another fan blamed his mother. " It was horrible but I blame his mum, because it is one of the first things that you teach your child not to do is to bite, you train them away from biting when they're toddlers , so I think she has a lot to answer for".
Having imposed internal discipline are now waiting for the reaction of the Football Association, who are expected to ban Suarez for a number of games. One fan said :
"I don't think he will play again this season, for the club, and I think that will be punishment enough".
Liverpool have four league fixtures remaining until the end of this season.
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