Luis Suarez: Lucky or vitim or circumstance?
8 games and a fine of $62,000 is the penalty that Luis Suarez has paid for his indiscretions against Patrice Evra in a case that has taken a huge amount of time to get to the conclusion that was arrived at.
Reactions are varied as to whether he got out light, got a just sentence or as to whether the process was somewhat skewed against the immensely talented Uruguayan but whatever the view, the English FA has gone a long way into showing that racism, racist remarks, or remarks that are degrading of a players race are not welcome in the world of football.
Liverpool have argued that all it took was the word of Patrice Evra to get to the sentence that was arrived at, and if true, they are right to feel hard done by. Justice should never be arrived at on the basis of a single persons account, there must be some corroborating evidence to prove a case either for or against one party. By simply limiting it to one party’s account of what happened a bogus precedent is set and it does not take a genius to see that if this is the route that football authorities will take, that somewhere down the line they are likely to ban and fine an innocent party on false evidence.
Racism has been a thorn in every walk of life, its dark linking stain has to be severed as it remains one of human kinds worst acts. The fact that it is still existent in this day and age is a testament of how backward minded some people can be and that society as a whole needs to take more serious action if it is to be stamped out.
Regardless of what Liverpool F.C says, the fact of the matter is that the FA took a lot of time to look at this case, looked at all the pros and cons and applied a good amount of common sense while arriving to the decision.
Negrito is the term that Luis Suarez was accused of using. In Uruguay, it is a term that is used in a positive manner but that he expected that Patrice Evra would know that staggers the imagination of most. Negro is a term that was used to demean, degrade and disgrace the black man and had been in use commonly as recently as twenty years ago. To the dismay of many, there are people that still use the term in a degrading manner.
Luis Suarez is now an adult, he is a player that has been in Europe since 2006 and it is expected that he ought to know how to carry himself and what words not to use.
A friend of mine has always joked that he has absolutely no problem with another black person calling him negro or referring to him as “my nigga”. American rap culture took a word that was unsavory for most blacks (me included) and somewhat used it as a positive, but even then, there are limits, boundaries as to how we blacks comprehend how the word or its derivative is used by different peoples. I have never had a Caucasian friend, Latino, or even Hispanic use the term negro or any derivative of the word when addressing me. They know that friends will occasionally use the word while we converse but they also recognize that there are places that they are not allowed to go regardless of how close we are. In hindsight, Luis Suarez will probably wish that he had referred to Evra as friend, pal, or used a favorable English term while addressing a fellow player from a different country and ancestry. In hindsight, he will probably come to the conclusion that his judgement was less than perfect and the term “negrito” may well be acceptable in either Spain or Portugal but not England, that he may be better served using the term while responding to an Alvaro Perreira and not a Patrice Evra, Alex Song or a Nigel Reo Cocker.
Liverpool can count themselves unlucky that the case was decided on a single player’s testimony and that there was no corroborating evidence. History has shown that when authorities want to make a point or pass new regulations and legislation’s, they will usually tend to go overboard in the process making some mistakes. The team suffered a bigger penalty than the six games I thought would have been handed out, but the pressure was there on the FA to show that their actions could back their word and intent of kicking out racism out of the English game.
There is an option to go on and appeal, but it would almost be foolhardy at this point to take that decision. Players in this day and age don’t miss drug tests because there is a deterrent, the Rio Ferdinand case was used to make a point…………..players should also look at this case and know that Suarez wasn’t banned for racist remarks, but on a lesser charge and that it will cost 8 games, it is a positive start that shows that insulting comments have no place on the planets most popular sport.
Whatever the outcome of the appeal, someone at Liverpool has to go on and make the decision that Suarez needs a talking to. He is a player so important to what they do that they cannot have him miss games on the back of either racist comments or lewd gestures. Someone has to also inform him that a reputation counts for something, had he a spotless one, he may have had the benefit of the doubt especially against Evra. This ban will probably get upheld, and at the end of the ban, Suarez has to focus on two things, a good reputation which can only come from good behavior and sportsmanlike conduct, and a realization that there are way too many people that admire him as a player, that his team depends on him and that he has massively let them down.
8 games and less than a weeks wages isn’t that bad a penalty unless you are a team that intemperately depends on his talents. Kenny Daglish and Liverpool were always going to show some public faith and stand behind their player, any club would. What they however do behind the scenes, and how other teams react to this ruling will have a bigger impact on how players interact with one another driving the game into a better direction.