Monday 24 November 2014

Eamon Dunphy on Suarez: 'He needs psychiatric help'

'To fulfil his career without any draconian ban, that’s my wish'

Published 25/06/2014 | 08:47

The alleged biting incident
Italy's Giorgio Chiellini complains after Uruguay's Luis Suarez ran into his shoulder with his teeth during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. AP
Luis Suarez

Soccer pundit Eamon Dunphy has said Luis Suarez “needs psychiatric help”, but a “Draconian ban” is not what the player needs.

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini was left with visible teeth marks on his left shoulder after clashing with Suarez in the 79th minute of Uruguay's 1-0 victory in Natal last night.

Dunphy told RTE’s Morning Ireland that a two or three year ban would “destroy” the player, and that it is important that Suarez is protected for his own good.

He said: “They (FIFA) should reflect seriously on it... but I don’t think the Draconian bans are what he needs”

“To take two or three years off would destroy him,” the pundit said.

“This is unprecedented and he has crossed the line and is self-destructive in a way.”

“It’s going to hurt him... He needs psychiatric help. He has to be helped and protected for his own good.”

Dunphy added that while the incident was unsavoury, he has sympathy for what occurred in Natal.

“What’s shocking about it is we’ve never seen it... we have to be adult about it and we have to think about the game first.”

“It was shocking to see, but you shouldn’t make judgements in the heat of shock.”

“I feel sorry for him. I feel sorry for him and Chiellini.”

Dunphy added that Suarez’s “dream move” to Barcelona now looks highly unlikely following this latest incident.

Dunphy praised Suarez as a “very, very gifted player, he’s one of the three great players”, but belives a move to the Nou Camp is now a non-runner.

“Barcelona may back off now.”

 “He’s damaged already. His dream move to Barca is gone in my opinion.”

 “To fulfil his career without any draconian ban, that’s my wish.”

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