The Fifa secretary general, Jérôme Valcke, has urged Luis Suárez to seek professional help and confirmed his previous biting offences were taken into account when deciding his unprecedented ban.

Despite Suárez’s Italian victim, Giorgio Chiellini, declaring the four-month ban from all football excessive and support for the Uruguayan from Diego Maradona among others, Valcke said he applauded the decision. “I think he should find a way to stop doing it,” said Valcke. “He should go through a treatment. I don’t know if one exists but he should do something for himself because it is definitely wrong.

“If it’s the first time it’s an incident, if it starts to be more than once it is not an incident. That is why the sanction has to be exemplary.”

The event occurred during Uruguay’s win over Italy and is the third time Suárez has been punished for biting during his career. As his team-mates trained in Rio ahead of their last-16 game with Colombia, the player arrived back in Montevideo.

Liverpool moved to quash suggestions from Suárez’s lawyer, Alejandro Balbi, that the club would meet with his agent, Pere Guardiola, in Barcelona. It is understood that the Liverpool chief executive, Ian Ayre, remains in close contact with Guardiola but there are no plans for any of the club’s officials or lawyers to travel to Spain.

Liverpool are still waiting to see the full written verdict of the Fifa disciplinary panel and for the outcome of the Uruguayan FA’s appeal before consulting with lawyers and deciding their next move. However, the club’s American owners are believed to be adamant that Suárez will not be sold on the cheap to Barcelona. His new contract has a buy-out clause believed to be around £80m.

Valcke defended the punishment meted out to Suárez, which also includes a nine-game international ban and a 100,000 Swiss francs (£66,000) fine, despite the fact that it punishes Liverpool for an offence committed on international duty. The international players’ union, FifPro, has questioned why Liverpool should be affected by the ban and said Fifa should have included treatment and rehabilitation as part of the sanction…. see more

source: Guardian UK