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Why Luis Suarez could yet play this season:

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Luis SuarezLiverpool’s star forward Luis Suarez is never far from controversy. His latest episode resulted in a 10 match ban after the Uruguayan bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield.

The ban means he will miss the rest of this season and the first six of next season. Despite this Liverpool could exploit a loophole in the system by playing Suarez in Liverpool’s final two under 21 games.

Suarez’s ban applies only to First Team matches as stated in FA’s report of the incident:

(Luis Suarez) is to be suspended from all first team football until the Club have completed 10 first team matches. We, therefore, ordered that Mr Suarez serve an immediate suspension until such time as Liverpool First Team has completed 10 recognised qualifying matches.”

Also the under 21 league set up allows clubs to field up to 3 over-age players. Lucas Leiva and Joe Cole have made appearances for Liverpool’s U-21s this season.

If eligible, Suarez will be available for selection for Liverpool’s penultimate game versus Arsenal at Underhill on Friday and then at Old Trafford to play Manchester United.

Liverpool are currently 3rd in the table, 1 point behind Manchester United in the Elite League stage. The tournament then becomes a knock out competition before the final on May 18th.

Luis Suarez’s introduction will surely make for an exciting attack, joining Suso and Raheem Sterling. His addition will raise the profile of the tournament and attract bigger crowds to the games, benefiting both club and youngsters.

However, is playing him such a good idea following what he has done. Many will feel that he should be punished for his misdemeanor and shouldn’t be allowed to play.

Liverpool could do without any fresh controversies.

Liverpool have not announced anything about Suarez’s involvement in the youth games and he still has to be given eligibility by the FA.

Should Suarez be allowed to play for the under 21s or serve his ban?

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2 comments

  • D. says:

    Here’s a thought: Do “10 recognised qualifying matches” include Europa League qualifiers. If so and Liverpool get in via the backdoor – “Fair Play Place” just how many qualifiers will they play before next season……………….

    • Les11 says:

      I’m pretty sure his mammoth 10 game ban is for domestic competitions. Meaning league/league cup and FA cup

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