Carragher: Reds right to back Suarez
Published 24/04/2013 | 07:11
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes the club are right to stick by Luis Suarez, saying he would rather be bitten than have his leg broken.
Suarez is set to find out the length of the ban he will receive for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic at the weekend, after he pleaded guilty to a violent conduct charge but denied a claim from the Football Association that a standard three-match suspension is "clearly insufficient". Reds continue to stand by their man, despite calls from some for them to cut him loose.
And Carragher cited examples - including himself, Graeme Souness, Robbie Fowler and Jan Molby - of players who Liverpool had backed to their benefit following various misdemeanours, writing in the Daily Mail: "The way things are now being pitched is that Liverpool have got to do something about the rotten apple in their midst."
He added: "It is as if Luis is the only player to have represented Liverpool who has ever been embroiled in controversy. That simply isn't the case.
"Every one of the players I mention regretted what happened and Luis is the same. More importantly, the club stood by every one of them."
Carragher also attempted to put the incident into perspective, saying it was not as bad as a leg-breaking tackle.
"The bite was shocking, no question, and everyone who has seen it was amazed," he said.
"Yet was it worse than a challenge that could end someone's career?
"I know what it is like to have your leg broken by a reckless tackle. Lucas Neill cost me six months of my career in September 2003 when he played for Blackburn. Would I have preferred to have been bitten? Absolutely.
"I suspect that Branislav Ivanovic, who has conducted himself with great credit in the aftermath, would agree."