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Luis Suarez 'bite': Brendan Rodgers to review incident
Published : 21 Apr 2013 17:45:11Rss feed
Luis Suarez 'bite': Brendan Rodgers to review incident Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he would review television footage of an incident where Luis Suarez appeared to bite Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. The Reds striker clashed with the Serbian defender during the second-half of the 2-2 draw at Anfield. "I can't say anything on it until I review the incident," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers told BBC Sport. Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez also refused to comment on the incident. Former Ajax captain Suarez accepted a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal in November 2010. Luis Suarez's Liverpool controversies December 2011 - Given eight-match suspension and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra. February 2012 - Refuses to shake hands with Evra at Old Trafford and is described as a "disgrace" by Sir Alex Ferguson. October 2012 - Accused of diving by Stoke manager Tony Pulis. November 2012 - Accused of stamping on Dave Jones by Wigan manager Roberto Martinez. January 2013 - Mansfield chief executive Carolyn Radford says Suarez "stole" their FA Cup tie when he scored after using his hand. Ex-Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, who was covering the match at Anfield for BBC Radio 5 live, said referee Kevin Friend would have sent off the Uruguayan had he seen the incident. "If the Football Association decide to take retrospective action, and it's clear cut, then Suarez will be in big trouble," added Lawrenson. Suarez has been Liverpool's outstanding player this season and netted his 30th goal of the season with the last-minute equaliser against Chelsea. The 26-year-old, who signed for the Reds in January 2011, was recently named on the PFA Player of the Year shortlist. Lawrenson doubts the incident will affect Suarez's chance of being named Player of the Year by his peers when it is announced in London on 28 April. He added: "I don't think he will win that anyway because a lot of people can't differentiate between Suarez the player and Suarez the man. "He's a world-class player but he gives you world-class trouble." Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech said immediately after the match that Ivanovic had not mentioned the incident in the Blues' dressing room. "I didn't see it at the time but people have told me which is surprising," said the Czech Republic international. "Suarez always does little fouls and pushes. I saw Branislav's reaction and he was not happy at all." More to follow.
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