However, responding to calls for Suarez to be kicked out of English soccer, Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor revealed the players’ union would offer anger management counseling to deal with his temper.
“There is no doubting his football ability, that’s why it is so disappointing and embarrassing when he lets himself down,” Taylor said. “We have to work hard on anger management now. We have trained counselors in this field, and we will be offering their services to Liverpool and the player to try to improve matters.”
In November 2010, Suarez was banned for seven matches and dubbed the “Cannibal of Ajax” after biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal.
In December 2011, he was banned for eight matches and fined ￡40,000 (US$60,000) after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
Even British Prime Minister David Cameron weighed in with his opinion on the controversy.
“It is rightly a matter for the football authorities to consider,” Cameron’s spokesman told reporters at a regular briefing. “As part of their consideration, I think it would be very understandable if they took into account the fact that high-profile players are often role models.”