Luis Suarez was banned 10-games for biting Ivanovic. Can he now blame the Bats at Anfield?

Mike Tyson on Suarez: “He bit someone, it happens”


After Luis Suárez was charged with violent conduct by the English FA yesterday, many fans, players and managers around the world are calling for the Uruguayan to face a lengthy ban. But not Mike Tyson.

The former world boxing champion spoke out on US radio this morning, after it was revealed he followed Suárez on Twitter, following the nibble Suárez had on Branislav Ivanovic’s right arm on Sunday.

“He [Suárez] bit someone, it happens. I am sure he will make amends with this guy,” Tyson told the David Glenn radio show. “I made amends with Evander and we got on with our lives.”

I don’t think Suárez will be able to go on with his life for quite some time, Mike. Number one, his previous record of biting an opponent shows a complete lack of regard for past discrepancies. Secondly, Liverpool’s main man is never far from controversy — handballs in World Cup quarterfinals, alleged racist abuse of Patrice Evra, punching defenders, allegedly head butting a referee as a 15-year-old and obscene gestures to opposition fans to name a few — so something needs to drastically change.

Finally, Suárez can’t just shy away for months like Tyson could in between fights. He is a public figure who millions of youngsters look up to and he has let one of England’s most prestigious clubs down time and time again.

Yes, everyone does deserve a second chance. But Suárez is on about his seventh. And unless his proposed anger management help from the FA has a distinct effect on his outlook, I doubt this will be the last time we see the name ‘Luis Suárez’ and the word ‘scandal’ linked symbiotically.

Tyson received a life ban, which was overturned after one year, and fined $3 million for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear in their 1997 title fight in Las Vegas.  Food for thought… no pun intended. Suárez should not face a life ban, but he should get help from the right people to change his ways. Soccer is a contact sport and lets not pull the wool over our eyes and pretend punches, kicks, pinches and all kinds of fun and games don’t go on between strikers and defenders across the world. Because they do. But sinking your teeth into an opponent crosses the line. Players know that, fans know that and now, hopefully, Suárez does too.

“Overweight” Costa comes to Mourinho’s defense

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Diego Costa says he and his Chelsea teammates are to blame for Chelsea’s horrid start to the 2015-16 Premier League season.

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Speaking Thursday, during a bit of downtime over the current international break (Costa was left out of Vicente del Bosque’s squad for Spain’s final two EURO 2016 qualifiers this week), Costa placed the majority of blame at the feet of the entire team, but went on to most harshly critique himself for coming into the season unfocused and “overweight.”

Costa, on his lack of fitness and form to begin the season — quotes from the Guardian:

“We know we’re not in the form we were supposed to be at the beginning of the season. We need to blame the players because we came back from holiday very confident, thinking we could go back into how it was last season, and then realized the team was already in a bad situation.

“I’m going to be very honest: maybe a few weeks ago, five or six weeks ago, I was not on top of my game. At least physically. We talk within the players and we know that, maybe at the beginning, we were not 100 percent as we were supposed to be when we got here. I got injured at the end of last season and then I went on holiday. Maybe I got out of my diet and, when I came back, I was not the way I was supposed to be. I was a little bit overweight. That affected my game. You can be selfish and blame it on the manager but I’m not going to do that. I’m responsible 100%, and so are the other guys.

Given that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Thursday he doesn’t quite know what’s wrong with the defending Premier League champions, hearing someone — anyone — speak up and explain the club’s worst start to a season in 37 years will surely be a welcome sound to any Blues supporter’s ears.

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Costa, who is eligible to return from suspension next weekend when Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge, has scored just one goal in league play this season (six appearances) after scoring 20 in 26 games last season.

Sam Allardyce to open talks with Sunderland

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Now that Liverpool have selected and named their new manager, it appears Sunderland are finally ready to move forward with their own managerial search. (That’s clearly a joke, because it implies Liverpool and Sunderland ever duke it out for the same managerial candidate.)

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Anyway, the Black Cats will have to hire someone to replace the recently-departed Dick Advocaat at some point. We all knew that, despite the fact he’s probably earned a shot at that level, Bob Bradley was never really going to be considered for the job. With that in mind, if you’re not going to endear yourself to the entire United States of America with this hire, you might as well go for the best unemployed manager who’ll actually consider your approach.

That’s what Sunderland chairman Ellis Short appears to have done, as it was reported Thursday that despite an initial reluctance from Sam Allardyce — let’s be honest, he actually was holding out hope for the Liverpool job — the 60-year-old most recently in charge of West Ham United was willing and ready to enter into negotiations with the northeastern club.

One of the major sticking points during Sunderland’s courting of Allardyce is expected to be his demand for autonomy in the transfer market as well as a sizable transfer budget to sign his own players during the January window.

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Allardyce seems like the no. 1 guy you’d like to bring in to steady a capsized ship — cough Sunderland cough — in any situation. Not only does he have a successful track record in the Premier League, but he’s the kind of no-nonsense leader a club like Sunderland so desperately needs as they find themselves in yet another relegation battle just eight games into the new season.

Short hopes to have Allardyce signed, sealed and delivered when the Premier League returns to action next weekend. In that event, Allardyce’s first game in charge of Sunderland would be a trip to West Bromwich Albion. His first home fixture? Home to Tyne-Wear derby rivals Newcastle United, a club whose boisterous fanbase still holds a great deal of disdain for Big Sam. Sometimes the football gods really are looking out for us.