How the world reacted to FIFA’s Luis Suarez ban

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Luis Suarez was given a four-month suspension from all football, including entering a stadium, by FIFA on Thursday. Henry Jackson (@OnFootballTweet) rounds up some of the major reaction from journalists, ex-players and fans on twitter.

Luis Suarez has been officially reprimanded for his outrageous bite on Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy on Tuesday, with FIFA handing him a four-month ban from all forms of football.

In those four months, the 27-year-old will not be allowed to train for both Liverpool and Uruguay, and he will also not be allowed to set foot inside any football stadium.

This means his World Cup is over, despite Uruguay still being in the tournament, and he won’t be able to represent the Reds until the end of October; the League Cup fourth round, should Liverpool still be in the competition at that stage.

It is a decision that has rocked Liverpool Football Club, despite being a fair, if not slightly lenient, verdict, and it furthers clouds his uncertain future at the club.

Those high up at the club are set to sit down and discuss Suarez’s future in the coming days.

Here’s how journalists, players, ex-players and fans reacted on twitter once the news broke on Thursday:

FIFA

JOURNALISTS

The Mirror’s OLIVER HOLT

The Guardian’s BARNEY RONAY:

JIM BOARDMAN of the Mirror:

JAMES PEARCE of the Echo:

OLIVER KAY of the Times:

The Daily Telegraph’s HENRY WINTER:

IAN LADYMAN of the Daily Mail:

DAN WALKER of the BBC:

PLAYERS AND EX-PLAYERS

Former Red STAN COLLYMORE:

Former England star GARY LINEKER:

https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/statuses/482179791182102528

LIVERPOOL FANS AND WRITERS

https://twitter.com/LFCTS/statuses/482167433411956736

CONCLUSION

The ban inflicted on Suarez leaves Liverpool in a very tricky position.

They have stood by their star man twice before, and to be let down a third time must leave the club wondering whether they should try and keep hold of him or sell him on.

Despite his undoubted genius football clubs move on, and should Real Madrid or Barcelona come in with a big offer for the 27-year-old, as is being rumoured, Liverpool must be tempted to accept it.

Suarez has been a wonderful servant at Anfield, but once he does return to the fold, it’s hard not to feel that another moment of controversy will be just around the corner.

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