FIFPro have released a statement regarding Luis Suarez’s four month ban handed to him by FIFA after being found guilty of biting Italian Giorgio Chiellini.
It read: Having reviewed the full report of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, FIFPro is aware of the positions taken by the respective parties in the case relating to Luis Suarez.
FIFPro stands by the principle of fair play and the importance of upholding the duty of care each player owes his fellow professional. FIFPro reminds all players it represents across the world of the responsibility they carry as role models, a privilege which is magnified at World Cup level.
With his case subject to appeal, Luis Suarez has the right to due process. FIFPro believes all affected parties may benefit with time to remove the emotion, reflect and re-establish the facts in a calm and considered setting.
This is a very serious matter, as reflected by the sanctions imposed by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee. The sanction will be reviewed and FIFA will have to focus especially on the accumulation of sanctions including a four-month ban from all football activity.
The fact that Suarez is prohibited from working for a long period must be addressed as it directly infringes his right to work. Also the fact that Liverpool FC is affected needs to be an important issue.
Luis Suarez should receive all the support he needs to deal with any off-field issues he may be experiencing at this time. This means that the focus should be on the rehabilitation and serious treatment of the player. FIFPro believes that treatment must be a part of any sanction.
Luis Suarez deserves all the support he needs including legal support in the appeal case in order to achieve a reduction of the sanctions.
All affected parties will benefit from a well-advised decision especially when done in the interests of ensuring that he makes a successful return to the game.