No one can possibly defend Suarez's actions, but likewise the FA cannot possibly defend this ban based on the other recent violent conduct charges and punishments doled out. This is absolutely mind-boggling and reeks of some level of FA bias against the man. Sure he has been no saint, but to say that this incident is on par with Joey Barton's incident in which he went mental, twice and still hasn't apologized, is just as crazy.
Now the real PR nightmare begins again as Liverpool will have to again back Suarez in uncomfortable circumstances. This will have to be a delicate operation to ensure they do not feel the same backlash that came from their handling of the Evra incident.
Ian Ayre said this:
"Both the club and player are shocked and disappointed at the severity of today's Independent Regulatory Commission decision. We await the written reasons tomorrow before making any further comment."
Carragher also chimed in:
"The bite was shocking, no question, and everyone who has seen it was amazed, yet was it worse than a challenge that could end someone's career?"
"I know what it is like to have your leg broken by a reckless tackle. Lucas Neill cost me six months of my career in September 2003 when he played for Blackburn. Would I have preferred to have been bitten? Absolutely. I suspect that Branislav Ivanovic, who has conducted himself with great credit in the aftermath, would agree."
Even using his previous "conviction" of using racist language as having a history, this still seems excessive based on their previous verdicts. The FA have stated they will release their reasoning tomorrow; I can't wait. Most Liverpool fans likely would have accepted anything under the eight he received before. How this is 2.5 times as bad as stamping on someone's head (Balotelli) or over 3 times as bad as headbutting your opponent in the face (Fellani) is beyond me. Feel free to use this as your whipping post and vent away.