‘Who did Suarez kill?’ – Maradona slams ban on Uruguay star

The Argentina icon criticised the decision to suspend the Liverpool striker from all footballing activities for four months for his bite on Giorgio Chiellini

Diego Maradona has slammed Fifa for its decision to ban Luis Suarez for four months after he was found guilty of biting Giorgio Chiellini.

The Uruguay and Liverpool striker was given a nine-game suspension and banned from all football-related activity for four months for his third biting offence in almost four years.

And Maradona, who wore a t-shirt with a message of support for Suarez which read ‘Luis we are with you’, has criticised world football’s governing body, claiming they are treating him as though he committed a far more heinous crime.

“This decision is a disgrace,” he said on TV show De Zurda. “I can’t understand this. Who did Suarez kill to get this kind of ban. Why don’t [Fifa] handcuff him and send him to Guantanamo [Bay]?

“A player works hard the whole year to be able to play at the World Cup, and Luis scored 29 goals [sic] and they kick him out of the World Cup like this. It’s unbelievable.

“Remember [Zinedine] Zidane and what he did in that [2006] World Cup final? Fifa then gave him the Golden Ball,” he added, before laughing. 

The show then broadcast a discussion between Maradona and Uruguay defender Diego Lugano, who insisted the ban was harsh.

“They treat him like a criminal,” the captain said. “Escorted by the police [out of the Uruguay camp]. He did nothing. How wouldn’t I defend him at that press conference?

“He’s such a great guy. This ban is very harsh. It hits him at the very top of his level. At the best moment in his career.”

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