Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina said the 10-match ban given to his teammate Luis Suarez for biting an opponent was “absurd” and “excessive.”
Suarez was punished on Wednesday by the Football Association (FA) after he bit the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic at the weekend.
“He knows he is in the wrong, and that it was a mistake, but the 10-game punishment seems absurd to me, excessive and unfair,” Reina was quoted as telling radio station Cadena Cope by sports daily AS yesterday.
“I consider myself a friend of Luis. He is being treated differently, I don’t know if it is because he is Uruguayan or because he has been involved in similar episodes,” he said. “It seems the people who make the decisions have it in for him.”
Liverpool have expressed their shock at the FA’s decision and have until today to appeal against the ban on their leading scorer.