Barcelona forward Luis Suarez wasn’t always relishing spectacular form as a starter for arguably the world’s best team.
Suarez featured for his country at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and many know what happened there, as he was given a four-month ban from all soccer-related activity for his third biting offense. Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini was the victim.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAF) lessened the negative impact of Suarez’s long absence and allowed the new Barca man to practice with his club.
But though the CAF’s actions were fair in giving the former Liverpool star a chance to maintain fitness in the months leading up to his debut, Suarez, who took a proper measure to address his on-field aggression, has criticized FIFA’s handling of the situation.
The 28-year-old thinks the suspension was too restrictive, noting that he technically couldn’t walk onto any soccer field.
“A ban is one thing, but I could not even train,” he said. “At the start, I was being treated worse than if I were a hooligan.
“On holidays, I was afraid to go and see my nephews playing for a youth team in Uruguay. The ban said I could not even step onto a football pitch — something I still do not understand today.”
Suarez has scored nine goals in the past 11 matches for Barcelona, and it’s no secret why squads respect his rare blend of finishing and technical skill. His biggest problem has been his attitude on the pitch, and though he disregarded the well-being of his opponents in the past, Suarez pledged he won’t bite again, and as of now, all signs point to a successful La Liga run for the Uruguayan.