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England will begin their summer tour of South America with a tough test in Uruguay

Lancaster's England to begin summer tour of South America in Uruguay

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

14:15 GMT, 22 April 2013

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UPDATED:

14:35 GMT, 22 April 2013

England have confirmed that their summer tour to South America will begin in Montevideo, Uruguay, on June 2.

The RBS 6 Nations runners-up will meet a CONSUR XV representing the South American nations, before playing two Tests against Argentina.

The first Test will be staged in Salta – the setting for the Pumas’ 24-22 victory in 2009 – on June 8 and at Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires on June 15.

Pumas test: Stuart Lancaster will be desperate to erase England's Grand Slam heartache in Argentina

Pumas test: Stuart Lancaster will be desperate to erase England's Grand Slam heartache in Argentina

Lions hopefuls: Tom Croft, David Wilson and Courtney Lawes could be in South America if they are snubbed by the British Lions

Lions hopefuls: Tom Croft, David Wilson and Courtney Lawes could be in South America if they are snubbed by the British Lions

It will be the first two-match series between the teams in Argentina since the 1997 tour with England coach Stuart Lancaster set to name his squad in early May.

'Argentina is a formidable rugby nation and we’re looking forward to facing the Pumas in back-to-back Tests, which a young and developing side will need to be at its very best to win,' Lancaster said.

'Together with matches against the
Barbarians at Twickenham and the CONSUR team in Uruguay, the summer
programme gives this group a real opportunity to measure their progress
and continue to learn what they need to succeed at the highest level.'

On the way out: England will not have to face the likes of Felipe Contepomi (pictured centre) this summer after the fly-half announced plans to retire

On the way out: England will not have to face the likes of Felipe Contepomi (pictured centre) this summer after the fly-half announced plans to retire

England tour dates:

May 29 – Arrive
in Buenos Aires

June 2 – CONSUR XV v England XV (Montevideo, 7.30pm BST)

June 8 Argentina v England (Salta, 8.10pm BST)

June 15 Argentina v England (Velez Sarsfield, Buenos
Aires, 8.10pm BST)

Nacional unfurl world"s largest flag during Copa Libertadores win over Toluca

Now that is what you call a banner! South Americans unfurl giant 600m sign that needed an army of fans to march it into stadium

By
Matt Fortune

PUBLISHED:

14:58 GMT, 5 April 2013

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UPDATED:

15:08 GMT, 5 April 2013

Three years after the first seeds of a world record idea were planted in the minds of Nacional fans, the Uruguayan club have made history.

On Thursday, during their Copa Libertadores tie against Mexican club Toluca, fans around three-quarters of the 25,000-capacity stadium were engulfed by a 600mx50m flag, the largest ever unfurled at a football match.

Record breakers: Fans of Uruguay's Nacional display the biggest flag ever seen at a football match during their Copa Libertadores

Record breakers: Fans of Uruguay's Nacional display the biggest flag ever seen at a football match during their Copa Libertadores

Record breakers: Fans of Uruguay's Nacional display the biggest flag ever seen at a football match during their Copa Libertadores

Record breakers: Fans of Uruguay's Nacional display the biggest flag ever seen at a football match during their Copa Libertadores

The white, red and blue banner swept down the steep banks of the Parque Central stadium in Montevideo, covering the Colombes, Olympic and Amsterdam stands, setting the tone for a pulsating match, won 4-0 by the hosts.

Festivities started earlier in the afternoon when fans gathered in the city to help carry the enormous flag, which took a year and half to make once a design had been decided upon, to the stadium.

Whole day's work: Fans spent much of the afternoon carrying the banner to the stadium through Montevideo

Whole day's work: Fans spent much of the afternoon carrying the banner to the stadium through Montevideo

Whole day's work: Fans spent much of the afternoon carrying the banner to the stadium through Montevideo

Whole day's work: Fans spent much of the afternoon carrying the banner to the stadium through Montevideo

Whole day's work: Fans spent much of the afternoon carrying the banner to the stadium through Montevideo

Luis Suarez blasts back at Tony Pulis in diving row

I don't care what Pulis thinks! Unrepentant Suarez blasts back in growing diving row

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UPDATED:

09:01 GMT, 11 October 2012

Luis Suarez has hit back at Tony Pulis in the row over his 'dive' against Stoke, saying he doesn't care what the Potters boss – or anyone else – thinks about his behaviour.

The controversial Uruguay striker has attracted huge criticism for going down the penalty area in the stalemate at Anfield last Sunday.

Pulis branded Suarez an 'embarrassment' while a host of other high-profile figures in the game have queued up to hammer the Reds frontman.

Back home: Luis Suarez (left) in training with the Uruguay squad in Montevideo

Back home: Luis Suarez (left) in training with the Uruguay squad in Montevideo

Back home: Luis Suarez (left) in training with the Uruguay squad in Montevideo

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has leapt to his defence, however, insisting his man had been unfairly 'vilified' for his theatrics.

But Suarez, preparing for his country's World Cup qualifying double-header against Argentina and Bolivia, claims he is unaffected by the growing row and is focused purely on helping Liverpool improve on a poor start to the new campaign.

Eye on the ball: Suarez (left) and Egidio Arevalo Rios (centre) in training ahead of the World Cup qualifiers

Eye on the ball: Suarez (left) and Egidio Arevalo Rios (centre) in training ahead of the World Cup qualifiers

'Any manager can say what he wants about me but it doesn’t affect me,' said Suarez.

'I am not worried about what they say. Let them carry on talking.

'In the meantime I will continue to play football and to concern myself with my team and with what I do. Nothing else matters.'

Vilified Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says more attention should have been paid to a 'stamp' by Robert Huth on Suarez (left) than the apparent 'dive' (right) against Stoke at Anfield last Sunday

Vilified Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says more attention should have
been paid to a 'stamp' by Robert Huth on Suarez (left) than the striker's
apparent 'dive' (right) against Stoke at Anfield last Sunday

Rueful smile: Suarez reacts after his appeal for a penalty against Stoke was turned down

Rueful smile: Suarez reacts after his appeal for a penalty against Stoke was turned down

Among the high-profile figures taking issue with Suarez's behaviour this week has been FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce, who labelled diving a 'cancer' within football and called for guilty players to be banned retrospectively.

Boyce, who is Great Britain’s representative on the FIFA board, said: ‘I have seen several incidents recently and I watched the latest Suarez incident two or three times. To me it is nothing less than a form of cheating.

‘It is becoming a little bit of a cancer within the game and I believe if it is clear to everyone that it is simulation then that person is trying to cheat and they should be severely punished.'

Luis Suarez wants to commit future to Liverpool

I'm staying! Suarez dismisses PSG links and wants to commit future to Liverpool

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UPDATED:

16:43 GMT, 18 March 2012

Luis Suarez wants commit his future to Liverpool despite a difficult first full season season at Anfield in which he got an eight-match ban for racial abuse.

Suarez has been heavily linked with a move to mega rich French side Paris St Germain in recent weeks.

And many on Merseyside feared the Uruguay international would turn his back on the club after a tumultuous season, but he has now moved to end that speculation.

Sign me up! Suarez wants to extend his contract at Anfield

Sign me up! Suarez wants to extend his contract at Anfield

He said: 'I would like to stay. Despite everything that happened, I'm happy here, on and off the pitch… and at the club they're happy with me and want me to stay,' Suarez said in an interview with the Montevideo daily El Pais.

'I have a contract until 2016 and they already want to renew it for me. The coach (Kenny Dalglish) still believes in me and that's very important, especially after having been out for eight matches,' he said.

Suarez – who has scored 11 goals in 29 appearances for the Reds this term – received the ban and a 40,000 fine in December after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra at Anfield last October.

The 25-year-old Uruguayan felt he had been the victim in the case, saying: 'What hurts me is that I was at the trial and there was no concrete proof. It was simply my word against that of the other player and they believed him. That hurt me a lot.'

Allez! Suarez had been linked with a move to Ligue 1 side PSG

Allez! Suarez had been linked with a move to Ligue 1 side PSG

Allez! Suarez had been linked with a move to Ligue 1 side PSG

Suarez aggravated the issue when he
refused to shake hands with Evra before Liverpool's Premier League match
against United at Old Trafford last month, for which the Uruguayan
later apologised.

He said he was grateful for the support he received from Liverpool and from his home country including national team coach Oscar Tabarez.

'I've already played in other countries, a lot of people know me and I've shown who I am. I don't think I deserve to have been treated as I was,' Suarez said.

The forward, who helped Liverpool to victory in last month's League Cup final against Cardiff City, would love to play for Uruguay at the London Olympics but was unsure whether his club would release him because the Games overlap with the pre-season.

All smiles: Suarez had a hand in all three of Steven Gerrard's goals in the Merseyside derby

All smiles: Suarez had a hand in all three of Steven Gerrard's goals in the Merseyside derby

'If we were playing the Champions (League) it would be highly unlikely they'd let me go but now we're a long way from achieving that. The (Premier League) championship starts in the middle of August, I don't know if they'd let me go. I haven't talked about it at all with the club.'

Uruguay are in the Olympic soccer tournament for the first time since they won the second of their two gold medals in 1928. The London Games are from July 27 to August 12.

The Luis Suarez story: The making of a hero

EXCLUSIVE: Suarez – the mixed up kid who became a hero to millions

On a street corner in the town of Salto in Uruguay, someone has gone to the considerable effort of finding a ladder, climbing up it and Sellotaping the name 'Luis' over the first word of the street name. It used to read Joaquin Suarez.

Now it pays homage to the most famous man to hail from Salto, the man who steps out at Old Trafford on Saturday with the world watching his every move.

Just a week after returning from his eight-game ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, fate, chance — call it what you will — pits Luis Suarez back against the man he offended so badly. The reception he receives will be hot.

Doing what he does best: Suarez celebrates his goal against Everton in the Merseyside derby

Doing what he does best: Suarez celebrates his goal against Everton in the Merseyside derby

Suarez is no stranger to controversy. His career has been punctuated by goals, trophies and accolades – but there has also been diving, biting an opponent, and a match-saving handball in a World Cup quarter-final.

But back home Suarez is no tainted hero. The 25-year-old is not considered a racist; he is thought of as a national legend with a toothy grin and absurd amounts of talent by his fans, a doting family man with a huge heart by those who know him best. In their eyes, he is worth climbing up ladders for.

Future star: A young Luis Suarez growing up in Uruguay

Future star: A young Luis Suarez growing up in Uruguay

Suarez was one of seven children born to his father Rodolfo, a porter, and his mother Sandra, a housewife. Perched on the banks of the River Uruguay on the border with Argentina, Salto is a town of cobbled streets and parks. The locals often sip — a herbal drink similar to tea — in little clusters in the street.

But when Suarez was just six, Rodolfo’s work took the family to the capital Montevideo. The move saw him start playing the game that would turn him into a millionaire, national hero and hate figure.

‘When we came to live in Montevideo, we started to look for a team for him,’ says his mother.

‘I was told about Urreta, a club where there were a lot of people with money so I took him there. He was sub in a friendly match a few days later. They were losing 2-0 so they put Luis on, he scored three to make it 3-2.’

In 1998, Wilson Pirez, a scout for Uruguay’s most decorated club, Nacional, spotted Suarez’s talent. ‘I found him when he was nine playing kids’ football,’ says Pirez. ‘He had an incredible amount of ability for someone of that age. He was a wonderful boy, well behaved. You could always tell he was going to be a great player.’

It should have been the start of a brighter future as Luis settled into school in the La Comerical district of the city but, instead, the family was torn apart when Rodolfo walked out on his wife and kids. ‘Family life was very hard because of my parents breaking up,’ he recalls. ‘It was hard to concentrate and I quit football.’

International star: Suarez has played a key role for Uruguay

International star: Suarez has played a key role for Uruguay

Eventually, though, he settled back into Nacional. ‘Life was difficult for him,’ says Pirez. ‘He wasn’t quite ready mentally to be a footballer. But that tough childhood made him so hungry for success.’

It was still a long time in coming. Suarez failed to hold down a starting place in the youth team in the aftermath of the divorce, showing just occasional glimpses of his real ability. As he became a teenager, distractions of partying and drinking led to threats of being chucked out of the club. He continued at Nacional though, playing football in the day and doing his school work at night, where he enjoyed maths.

While Suarez was close to his mother and grandmother, Sofia Balbi had the biggest influence on his life. She was a 13-year-old girl, a pretty blonde girl Suarez fell in love with when he was 15 and who, still now, is perhaps the only person who really understands him.

'At 15, I found a girlfriend and that sorted my head out,’ recounts Suarez. ‘It helped me realise how important football was for me.’

From the top: Suarez shakes hands with FIFA President Sepp Blatter

From the top: Suarez shakes hands with FIFA President Sepp Blatter

Pirez remembers Sofia being around the training ground a lot and Suarez being infatuated. ‘They didn’t pay him much when he was young so he used to pick up coins on the street and then take it back to his girlfriend so they could buy nice things to eat.’

That was until she left Uruguay to join her family in Barcelona in 2003. Suarez, like when his father departed, was crushed. ‘When Sofia went to live in Spain, I quit football again. But what matters is that I realised in time that I had to dedicate myself to this beautiful sport.’

Suarez knew his only way to get back to Sofia was to move to Europe and he took his chance in a match against San Eugenio, coming off the bench to score four goals.

From then on he was unstoppable. All of a sudden football mattered so much that despite beating 3-0 Tacuarembo in one game, Suarez cried in the showers afterwards because he hadn’t scored.

Club class: Suarez made his name in Europe while playing for Ajax

Club class: Suarez made his name in Europe while playing for Ajax

‘He always scored in the big games, so many in derbies,’ adds Pirez. ‘He always appeared when you most needed him.’

Suarez scored 10 goals in 27 games for Nacional before he got his dream move, signing for Groningen in Holland. ‘We were scouting another player in Uruguay,’ says Rob Jans, a former coach at Groningen and now manager of Heerenveen.

'Luis caught our attention though. We were crazy about him and sorted a deal as soon as we could. It was the most expensive signing we’d ever made. It was a gamble but it was a really good one.'

The gamble cost 800,000 euros (667,000), and took him closer to Sofia but left Nacional wanting more. ‘He didn’t play here long but he is an idol,’ says Gustavo Bueno, a coach at the club.

‘He’s an idol in the whole of Uruguay. It wouldn’t surprise me if they named a stadium after him one day. Whenever he comes back here, he comes to games and visits the youth teams to tell them all about Europe. It’s invaluable. We have all become Liverpool fans here because of him.’

Cannibal: Suarez is snapped trying to bite PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal

Cannibal: Suarez is snapped trying to bite PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal

'The Cannibal of Ajax' read the headline in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf on November 21, 2010.

During a tense match against PSV Eindhoven, Suarez snapped and bit PSV midfielder Otman Bakkal on the shoulderblade as players from both side argued over a red card.

It came just months after he made himself public enemy No 1 at the World Cup for handballing on the line in the quarter-final against Ghana.

He celebrated without a shred of restraint as Asamoah Gyan missed the following penalty, his joy angering many and introducing the striker to a wider audience even before he sank his incisors into Bakkal.

The seven-match ban for the bite was the worst of a series of problems which tarnished his otherwise scintillating spell in Holland for Groningen and then Ajax.

'You can imagine how difficult it was at first,’ says Jans. ‘He wasn’t happy and struggled to adapt. He just wanted to play but he was in the reserves.

Handball! Suarez denies Ghana a goal by using his hands in the World Cup

Handball! Suarez denies Ghana a goal by using his hands in the World Cup

'He was so impatient. He had problems getting used to the referees, he was a little bit heavy and it took some time to get fit.

'But once he was fit, he was probably the best I’ve worked with. He’s a real winner, he cannot stand losing and sometimes he crosses the line.

'In one game I took him off and he was really unhappy, he didn’t shake hands and he wanted to go straight to the dressing room. I was angry with him. It was raining hard and I threw my umbrella at him.

Afterwards I told him he couldn’t act like that in Holland and that he had to control himself. In the next game, we were 3-1 down with 10 minutes to play and we won 4-3, with Luis scoring two goals. Afterwards I gave him my umbrella, and he paraded it around in front of the crowd.’

Former Fulham striker Erik Nevland, who was Suarez’s strike partner at Groningen, also remembers the Uruguayan taking some time to adapt. ‘It was a big fee for Groningen to pay for a player no-one knew anything about,’ says Nevland.

No remorse: Suarez celebrates beating Ghana despite his handball incident

No remorse: Suarez celebrates beating Ghana despite his handball incident

‘He didn’t speak English or Dutch so we had to use our arms and bodies to communicate. He got a lot of stick for the way he went down and winning free-kicks and penalties but that is his type of play.

'It was a bit of a struggle but once he cracked the code, he played unbelievably every week. You always saw he had a lot of talent but he found it hard at first. Groningen is a quiet place with lots of farmers.

'It was a really friendly place but there wasn’t a lot to do and it was quite a long way to get anywhere else. He was good friends with the Spanish-speaking boys and his girlfriend moved across pretty soon after he arrived. She was around a lot.’

Being reunited with Sofia was a huge filip for Suarez. The long-distance relationship no longer necessary, he was happy again and it showed on the pitch. Ten goals in 29 appearances for mid-table Groningen soon caught Ajax’s attention but the proposed transfer was controversial.

Class: Former Groningen team-mate Erik Nevland was full of praise for Suarez

Class: Former Groningen team-mate Erik Nevland was full of praise for Suarez

Suarez appealed to the Dutch League’s arbitration committee to force through a 3.5m euro bid, but his words fell on deaf ears. Ajax soon returned with a 7.5m euro offer, and he moved to Amsterdam.

Herman Pinkster, the team manager at Ajax, is charged with looking after new players and was instantly impressed by Suarez. ‘Off the pitch, he’s very well organised, which was odd for a South American player.

If you had an appointment at three, he’d be there at three. He was very strict about time.’ They remain close friends, with Pinkster attending Suarez’s wedding in Montevideo in 2009. ‘It was a big party,’ says Pinkster.

‘On the menu on the table it started with dinner, then dancing and went on to breakfast. I couldn’t believe it. Sofia is so important to him. She is probably the only one who can tell him to calm down sometimes.

Controversy: Suarez was found guilty of making racist remarks to Manchester United's Patrice Evra and banned for eight games

Controversy: Suarez was found guilty of making racist remarks to Manchester United's Patrice Evra and banned for eight games

'His determination is the most impressive thing about him but it is also his biggest challenge. You can see it in the way he plays. He is a hero over here. He was top scorer, he was player of the year. Everyone loves him.

'When the biting incident happened, he was so provoked by PSV players. After the match, it was better not to say anything. I looked him in the eyes and said ‘we’ll speak tomorrow’ and that’s when we discussed it properly.

So he pleaded guilty but he didn’t mean it much. It’s important to win but you don’t have to kill people in the process. There’s a line. He crosses the line to win sometimes. But Luis was so determined to be one of the best in Europe.

Sitting it out: Suarez served his ban sitting in the stands

Sitting it out: Suarez served his ban sitting in the stands

'When the incident with Evra happened, we all thought ‘oh no, Luis’. I really don’t think he is a racist person – he just crosses some lines when he’s competing sometimes. One of my worries was that he didn’t speak English very well. He says words but he doesn’t understand what they mean and the impact they can have.’

Nevland agrees that it is Suarez’s will to win that is his biggest attribute yet his greatest weakness. ‘He’s just so passionate about football that sometime the way he expresses himself is wrong.

'It’s obviously something he has to work on. His passion just makes him do crazy things sometimes. He will learn, especially because of the ban.’

Welcome back: Suarez makes his return against Tottenham

Welcome back: Suarez makes his return against Tottenham

The biting, the handball, the diving and the transfer wrangles pale into insignificance when it comes to the trouble he has been in at Liverpool.

Found guilty of racism, Suarez was banned for eight matches, a punishment that kickstarted a staunch defence from Liverpool. There were angry statements, tasteless T-shirts and, only eventually, a reluctant apology. Yet the message is the same from everyone who knows him.

'The racism charge is totally ridiculous,’ says Jans. ‘I know for sure that Luis is not a racist. He gets provoked a lot and he likes to intimidate others during a game but he has a heart of gold. My son graduated and he went to Liverpool as a present.

Back in the action: Suarez gets straight back into the thick of it against Spurs

Back in the action: Suarez gets straight back into the thick of it against Spurs

Luis helped us with tickets and then took him and his friend to the players’ lounge after and gave him his match shirt.’

'We know Luis is not a racist,’ adds Pirez. ‘He has black friends, played with lots of black players and the term ‘negro’ is just different here.

'It is used all the time and no-one takes any offence. I just think people have made an example of him because of who he is.’

'I think he’s found it very difficult,’ says Pinkster with a sigh. ‘But he will be at his strongest with everyone provoking him. He can achieve great things.’

Just don’t expect him to do it without plenty more controversy.

Luis Suarez history: Otman Bakkal, Uruguay v Ghana handball World Cup

From Otman Bakkal to Ghana: How trouble followed Suarez, the Cannibal of Amsterdam

Considering Luis Suarez had just received a seven-match ban and been branded the ‘Cannibal of Ajax’ when he moved to Anfield in January, Liverpool should perhaps have realised their new 22.8million signing might land himself in hot water sooner or later.

Unfortunately for them, it was sooner.

Having already divided opinion in England over the last 11 months by tarnishing his undoubted talent by going to ground too easily too often, the Uruguay striker stands guilty of the far more serious offence of racially abusing Patrice Evra

Stay on your feet: Luis Suarez goes to ground against Fulham

Stay on your feet: Luis Suarez goes to ground against Fulham

As the 24-year-old digests his eight-match ban and 40,000 fine, let’s not forget he still has to face a separate FA charge for allegedly making a one-fingered gesture at Fulham fans.

It would be fair to say that Suarez, who learned his trade on the streets of Montevideo after moving to the Uruguayan capital at the age of seven with his mother and six brothers, has not been a stranger to controversy.

The cannibal tag was coined by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf after he bit into the shoulder of opponent Otman Bakkal during a game between Ajax and PSV Eindhoven in November last year.

Video: Suarez takes a chunk out of Bakkal”s ear

Ajax took the matter into their own hands, fining Suarez and giving him a two-match ban, but the Dutch FA swiftly increased that to seven games, and it was during the enforced lay-off that Liverpool made their move.

That was the second time he had been suspended by Ajax. The first occasion followed an incident in November 2007 when he was involved in a dressing-room bust-up with team-mate Albert Luque over a free-kick routine that went wrong in a game against Feyenoord.

Ill-tempered: Suarez

Ill-tempered: Suarez”s spell at Ajax was marked by indiscipline

Suarez, whose move to Amsterdam from Groningen had been far from smooth after an arbitration panel rejected his attempt to force the transfer through, also upset Ajax coach Marco van Basten with the number of bookings brought about by his quick temper and penchant for diving.

It was a problem that marred his debut for Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier against Colombia in 2007, when he was sent off in the 85th minute after picking up a second yellow for dissent.

If that went largely unnoticed outside his homeland, Suarez’s next red card for Uruguay earned him worldwide notoriety.

Johannesburg, July 2010. Uruguay knocked out Ghana — Africa’s last remaining representative in the first World Cup to be staged on the continent — in a quarter-final shootout, but only after Suarez had been sent off in the final moments of extra-time for deliberately blocking Dominic Adiyiah’s goalbound header with his hands.

Mr Controversy: Suarez cynically handles to deny Ghana in the World Cup

Mr Controversy: Suarez cynically handles to deny Ghana in the World Cup

If Suarez’s actions were understandable to many, his wild celebrations in the tunnel when Asamoah Gyan missed the resulting penalty left a sour taste, as did his ‘Hand of God’ status in Uruguay.

‘He’s the most hated man in Ghana,’ Gyan would later say. Suarez responded: ‘It was something that happened in the heat of the moment. As time has gone by, I have had time to reflect on the whole episode and I can now understand the controversy it has caused.’

His supporters prefer to overlook the chequered past and point to the sublime skill and ability in front of goal that has terrorised Premier League defences and brought 12 goals in 30 games for Liverpool.

Some inevitably bring up the charity work. ‘Football has got this tremendous power of joining people, without any skin, religion and social discrimination,’ Suarez once said.

Those words might now sound a little hollow.

PS

If Luis Suarez thinks an eight-game ban is hefty, it could get even worse. He is still facing an FA improper conduct charge for an alleged abusive hand gesture in the recent 1-0 defeat at Fulham.

The Uruguayan appeared to raise the middle finger of his left hand towards home fans as he left the pitch.

Salute: Suarez leaves the field at Craven Cottage

Salute: Suarez leaves the field at Craven Cottage after Liverpool”s 1-0 defeat