The Reds forward looks set to be given a retrospective ban following a bite on Branislav Ivanovic and Paddy Power expect the 26-year-old not to feature again this season
Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea will be remembered for years to come thanks to an incident involving one of English football’s most divisive personalities.
The undoubtedly talented Luis Suarez was at the centre of attention for wrong reasons before his last-minute equaliser salvaged a point for Brendan Rodgers’ men. Suarez was involved in a second half clash with Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic in which he bit the Serbia international’s arm.
Although no punishment was given to the Liverpool forward at the time by referee Kevin Friend, the incident will be reviewed by the FA and it looks likely that Suarez could face a lengthy ban for his actions at Anfield.
Paddy Power make the 26-year-old 4/11 (1.36) not to play for Liverpool in the Premier League again this season while the Irish bookmakers offer 15/8 (2.88) that Suarez features again before the end of the campaign for the Reds.
The former Ajax man was given a seven-game ban for biting PSV player Otman Bakkal during his time in the Eredivisie and offer 11/10 (2.10) that the ban imposed on Suarez this time is seven games or more, four to six matches is priced at 7/4 (2.75) while three or less can be backed at 11/5 (3.20). All bets will be void if no ban is given.
Suarez was amongst the six players nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award but this incident will surely curtail any chances he had of picking up the prize, despite leading the Premier League top goalscorer chart on 23, two ahead of Robin van Persie.
Coral make Suarez 6/1 (7.0) to still be crowned player of the year although after another dazzling second half display by Gareth Bale in Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over Manchester City, the 2/7 (1.29) about the Wales international picking up the award looks unlikely to be troubled.
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