David Cameron has defended his decision to voice his own opinions on the Luis Suarez bite saga, stating that he was speaking as a concerned father, according to the
When asked about the incident which saw the Liverpool forward bite Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last weekend, the prime minister said that the Football Association’s disciplinary panel would do well to consider the existence of footballers as role models.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was among those who interpreted Cameron’s comments as detrimental to the impartiality of the panel’s decision. Suarez was handed a ten-match ban on Wednesday.
But speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Cameron said: “I made my own views clear just as a dad watching the game. I’ve got a seven-year-old son who just loves watching football and when players behave like this it just sets the most appalling example to young people in our country.
“I’m going to leave it entirely to the FA. But if you’re asking me as a dad and as a human being, do I think we should have tough penalties when players behave like this, yes I think we should.”
Liverpool have until midday on Friday to confirm whether they intend to appeal against the Uruguayan’s ten-match suspension.
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