Suarez received a 10-match ban for the incident, a suspension he has only just completed serving.
The Liverpool Echo report today:
Considering the fact that Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was banned for 10 games back in April, when referee Kevin Friend failed to spot his bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, the FA stands accused of double standards.
The FA’s stance on the matter is that because a match official witnessed and reported part of the incident, not further action can be taken. Is it not about time you changed that rule, FA?
Former Football Association referee Mark Halsey was quick to criticise the FA’s lack of action over Torres.
“There is simply no consistency in all this and failing to act in this instance has reduced the FA to a laughing stock,” Halsey said.
“If that incident had happened in any other league in Europe, there is no way Torres would have escaped a violent conduct charge.
“Jose Mourinho must be laughing his head off on the quiet. He must have expected to be without Torres for four matches. He won’t believe his luck.”
Meanwhile former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel told the BBC‘s Match of the Day 2 on Sunday night, “If Suarez had done that people would have cried for another 10-game suspension.
“I see no difference in biting a player and scratching a player. You cannot raise your hands in modern day football.”
Liverpool fans have also compared Torres’ scratch to Suarez’s bite and had some similar words of disbelief for the FA.
— Dan Roach (@DanielRoachLFC) October 1, 2013
Wonder what sort of outcry there would be if Luis Suarez did what Fernando Torres done to Jan Vertonghen. #LFC
— Liverpool GFN (@LiverpoolGFN) October 1, 2013
So nothing for Torres the FA decide, you can guarantee if that was #Suarez he'd of got a massive ban, hypocrites they make me sick gggrrrr
— Mike Hassey (@MikeHassey_LFC) October 1, 2013
Torres escapes punishment? Not like he trended on Twitter or anything…
— Shane (@Blame_Suarez) October 1, 2013
Torres has escaped any punishment for his scratch on Jan Vertonghen. I'm sure if it was Suárez, he'd definitely have the same treatment. Yep
— Si (@PhantomGoal) October 1, 2013
Can you imagine the fuss if Suarez had cat-scratched Vertonghen and not Torres?
— Nath – LFC – 7??3?? pts – 6?? wins to go (@grubbavitch) September 29, 2013