It was going to take something special to take the headlines away from Chelsea interim coach, Rafael Benitez yesterday on his return to Anfield, but come the final whistle nobody was talking about the Spaniard in a game where the replays clearly showed Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, biting the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in a seemingly unprovoked attack.
The general consensus has been widespread condemnation but speaking on his Twitter
Barton, who is currently playing on loan for Olympique de Marseille from QPR is no stranger to a controversial incident himself and is in the minority when, while not in any way condoning the attack, applauding Suarez’s swiftly made apology on the official Liverpool website..
During many tweets on the topic, Barton said that “Suarez is a good as a player as there is in world football at the minute. Yes he’s messed up and shouldn’t have bitten another player but a player like him has to play right on the edge.
“Without it he wouldn’t be the talent he is. LFC would be mad not to back him IMO. If they don’t I’m sure the queue of Champions League clubs would stretch round the block.”
“You cannot defend Suarez’s bite. It is not defendable. You can however defend Suarez the man, the player. Ok, he ****** up. He’ll be punished.”
“He has came out and apologised. He’ll probably get a ban. He’ll no doubt be fined by the club. He is a human who has made a mistake?”
Back in 2010, the BBC reported on a similar incident where Suarez received a seven game ban for biting an opponent whilst playing for Ajax. It remains to be seen if retrospective action will be taken against the Uruguayan who scored his 30th goal of the season to give Liverpool their last minute equaliser on Sunday.
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