Friday 19 December 2014

Suarez has been treated like a 'murderer', says former Reds team-mate

Published 24/07/2014 | 08:21

Luis Suarez has been unfairly treated according to his former Liverpool team-mate Iago Aspas.
Luis Suarez has been unfairly treated according to his former Liverpool team-mate Iago Aspas.

Iago Aspas says his former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suárez has been “treated like a murderer” by Fifa after the Uruguayan bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

Aspas has follwed in Suarez’s footsteps by leaving Anfield for La Liga, temporarily at least after a loan move to Sevilla was agreed and told the Spanish radio station Cadena Cope that he can understand why Suárez was banned from playing because it is not his first offence.

However, he believes the Barcelona forward’s ban from all football related activity is excessive.

“They are treating Luis like a murderer and not like a footballer,” he said. “There are murderers who pay less [for what they have done]. Not to let him be presented [by Barcelona], to train or to enter the stadium is too much.”

Aspas returns to his native Spain after a disappointing season with the Reds where he failed to score a Premier League goal following his £7.6m move from Celta Vigo, but said he enjoyed playing alongside players such as Suárez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling.

“Liverpool had a great season and I learned a lot from my team-mates,” he said.

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