[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Luis Suarez was short-listed for the PFA Player of the Year earlier this week in England with the striker enjoying his finest season on the field for Liverpool, but Sunday’s incident at Anfield with Chelsea, the latest in a long list of transgressions by the talented Uruguayan, may cast doubt on his future.
In the 74th minute with Liverpool down 2-1 Suarez clearly bites Branislav Ivanovic. It wasn’t seen by officials and Suarez scored a stoppage-time equalizer that gave Liverpool a tie. Suarez and Liverpool’s hierarchy issued damage-control apologies after what will likely be his last EPL game this season, with just four matches left.
Suarez while with Ajax got a seven-game suspension in 2010 for biting PSV'sOtman Bakkal on the shoulder in the Netherlands, an eight-game suspension last year for racially abusing Patrice Evra, and Suarez’s intentional handball in South Africa at the 2010 World Cup for Uruguay in the quarterfinals is why Ghana didn’t become the first World Cup semifinalist in its continent’s history, during the only World Cup ever played in Africa.
Coincidentally, the PFA’s chief executive was grilled about Suarez’s behavior prior to Sunday, and if it should’ve affected his consideration for its highest award.
"Sometimes controversy travels with players," said Gordon Taylor. "Sometimes it is in their very nature. Sometimes it is that very intensity that causes a problem also makes sure they win."