What should Liverpool do with Luis Suarez after latest biting incident?

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With the attention of the world fixed on Luis Suarez’s latest act of cannibalism, most are focusing on the impact this will have on Uruguay’s chances at the World Cup.

How about Suarez’s club side, Liverpool?

The 2013-14 Premier League runners up now have one heck of a dilemma on their hands, as soccer’s serial bad boy is their pride and joy. Their view on Suarez’s bite on Giorgio Chiellini, during Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy on Tuesday, is crucial to his future at the club and in soccer.

After standing by Suarez during his last high-profile bite back in April 2013 (that one was on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and resulted in a 10-game ban for Suarez) it remains to be seen as to what stance the Reds take on the Uruguayan’s latest deplorable act.

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Suarez, 27, was vilified by the British media for that bite on Ivanovic — it was his second bite on the soccer field after an earlier incident whilst playing for Ajax in 2010 saw him banned for 7-games — and vowed to walk away from Liverpool after putting in a transfer request and trying to pull out all of the stops to leave the Premier League.

However Liverpool blocked transfers and weren’t willing to sell Suarez at any price. That decision, and that faith they had in Suarez despite him turning his back on the club and his adoring fans, paid off last season. Massively. Suarez was the leading scoring in the PL with 29 goals, he won ever single Player of the Year award going and established his profile among the worlds top three players alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

With Suarez starring a maximum 24-month ban in the face after FIFA opened up their investigation into the bite on Chiellini, it is likely Liverpool will have to match whatever ban FIFA imposes on Suarez. The ban by FIFA would only stop Suarez from playing in their competitions but Premier League executives and Liverpool’s directors would have to be seen to take the issue as seriously as FIFA does, and would be forced to dishing out a similarly lengthy ban to Suarez.

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

If Suarez is banned by FIFA, as is widely expected, and that results in him missing games for Liverpool, the club can sue Suarez under ‘breach of contract’ as his act of misconduct will directly impact the Anfield club.

They have two options if all of this comes to fruition: stand by their man who is one of the most talented soccer players in the world, but loves to act like a vampire. Or, they sell him and recoup whatever kind of cash they can for a supreme, yet flawed, talent.

Suarez has long been linked with a move to either Real Madrid or FC Barcelona in Spain and if Liverpool want a quick-sale, it seems as though both would be willing to snap him up. No pun intended. That said, the Reds would take a hit on the transfer fee. No doubt.

After Suarez’s stellar 2013-14 campaign, it’s hard not to imagine him being worth any less than the world record transfer fee of $130 million which Real paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale back in September 2013.

Now though, after his latest bite and a lengthy worldwide ban heading his way… maybe Liverpool could ask for $60-75 million tops for their striker, if they are looking to offload him. Yet there is such a huge dilemma here, as Suarez tore the PL apart last season and has dragged Liverpool back into the UEFA Champions League next season. The reason he initially wanted to leave Liverpool was that they couldn’t offer him UCL soccer, now that he has helped to deliver that, would Liverpool really be willing to give up “King Luis” and diminish their chances of challenging for the PL title and in Europe next season and beyond?

After all, where are you going to find another player like Suarez? With his talent comes the baggage but a THIRD bite on an opposition player on the pitch may be a step too far. Even for him.

For so long Suarez has called the shots on his Liverpool career, as he has tried to engineer moves away and signed long-term deals when he wants to. Now, all the power is with the club.

How should Liverpool treat their star striker Suarez? Should he stay, or should he go?

Top Storylines for Premier League Week 6

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After a week of League Cup action domestically, the Premier League returns this weekend with a myriad of interesting matchups and storylines.

Let’s take a look at some of this week’s top story’s to follow:


Can Manchester City continue its torrid form?

Manchester City has finally found its groove under manager Pep Guardiola.

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The club has won five successive games, the last three coming on the road while scoring a combined 19 goals. Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are a terrific 1-2 punch while David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne have been stars in midfield, with De Bruyne pulling the strings for Man City all season.

There’s every likelihood that Man City will continue its impressive run on Saturday. The club hosts floundering Crystal Palace, which is still adjusting to new manager Roy Hodgson.

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On This Day: The Battle of Old Trafford

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Fourteen years ago today, Arsenal headed north to Manchester for a famous matchup with Manchester United.

Taking the field at Old Trafford, Arsenal were unbeaten to start the season, having won its first four Premier League matches before drawing a week prior at home against Portsmouth. Manchester United meanwhile had four wins and one loss in that span.

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By way of Arsenal’s FA Cup title and Man United’s Premier League title the year before, the two teams met for the annual Community Shield a month earlier, and the game descended into a physical battle. Five yellow cards were shown, Arsenal substitute Francis Jeffers was shown a red card and defender Sol Campbell was later banned for kicking at an opponent, and Man United – backed by a young Tim Howard in goal – won 4-3 on penalty kicks after the score was tied at 1-1 after extra time.

With numerous physical encounters over the years, the September 21 encounter was shaping up to be another monumental showdown, and in terms of physicality, it didn’t disappoint.

Each team were shown four yellow cards and there was a combined 31 fouls. The match took a turn when Patrick Vieira was shown a second yellow card and subsequent red card for kicking out at Man United’s Ruud Van Nistelrooy after Van Nistelrooy had fouled Vieira going for a header. The decision set off a scrum in the middle of the field.

Despite being down to ten men, Arsenal held on until the final minutes, when Martin Keown was whistled for a foul in the box on Diego Forlan, giving Man United a penalty kick. But whether it was karma or lady luck, Van Nistelrooy’s penalty clanged off the crossbar and away to safety. Arsenal held on for a goalless draw, which helped boost the team’s belief in itself.

The Gunners went on to finish the 2013-2014 season undefeated, the only team to finish a Premier League season without a defeat. Man United wound up taking the FA Cup crown, settling for third place in the Premier League.

Watch some highlights from the match below.

Former Sunderland forward Scocco scores five goals for River Plate

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Veteran forward Ignacio “Nacho” Scocco is quickly endearing himself to the River Plate faithful.

Nearly three months since joining River, Scocco scored an incredible five goals in the second leg of his team’s Copa Libertadores quarterfinal matchup with Bolivian side Jorge Wilstermann. Scocco scored a first half hat-trick and added two more in the second half as River turned around a 3-0 deficit heading into the second leg.

Scocco had a mostly frustrating spell in 2014 ahead of the World Cup with Sunderland, joining the club as they staved off relegation by one point. Scocco failed to score for Sunderland in eight appearances, all off the bench.

However, since then, he returned to his native Argentina and starred for his hometown club Newell’s Old Boys before moving this summer to River as a replacement for Sebastián Driussi, who completed a transfer to Zenit St. Petersburg.

Here’s a look at all of Scocco’s goals Thursday evening.

Tammy Abraham denies switching national teams

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Fans of the England National Team may still have a chance to see Tammy Abraham don the Three Lions crest one day.

Abraham refuted reports from earlier Thursday that he was in the process of switching his national team to Nigeria from England. The 19-year-old Swansea City forward on-loan from Chelsea has played as high as the England Under-21 Men’s National Team but because of his Nigerian father, he’s eligible for the African nation.

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Abraham confirmed that he had met with Nigeria Football Federation chief Amaju Pinnick after Swansea’s last game, but denied that he was looking to play for the Super Eagles.

“I have informed The FA that I remain available for selection for England,” Abraham said, via the BBC. “Contrary to reports in the media I would like to clarify that I have not agreed to switch my national team allegiance. I can confirm I met the President of the NFF after our last game against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday given he is a friend of my father. However, any suggestion that I have made a decision to change my international representation is incorrect and wide of the mark.”

Earlier in the day, reports emerged that Pinnick said the process was underway for Abraham to switch his international allegiance.

Abraham’s apparently decision to remain with the England set-up is good news for his club Swansea City, who will get to keep him closer to Wales on a regular basis, but Abraham may be missing a chance to play senior national team soccer at a young age.