Brendan Rodgers slams FA over Suarez ban
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has slammed the FA for prejudicing the hearing that resulted in a 10-match ban for Luis Suarez. Reds striker Suarez was hit with the suspension on Wednesday after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Sunday's 2-2 draw at Anfield.
The Uruguay will miss the rest of this season and the first six games of next season and it has been reported that Suarez is now considering whether to quit English football in protest at the severity of the punishment.
Rodgers turned his fire on the FA, infuriated not only by the independent panel’s ruling, but also the FA’s decision to state prior to the hearing that the statutory three-match suspension for violent conduct would be “insufficient”.
“If you are an independent panel and yet the day before the FA come out and say he (Suarez) will serve more than three games it is not independent because they are already putting pressure on the sanction,” Rodgers said.