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Rodgers enraged at controversial striker being ‘thrown into the garbage’

Brendan Rodgers has admitted he would understand if Luis Suarez considered quitting the Premier League and accused the men who banned him for 10 games of "throwing him into the garbage".

The Liverpool manager said he was "bitterly disappointed" by the punishment handed to the striker by the FA's independent panel for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Rodgers thought it likely the panel may have been unfairly influenced by public attacks on Suarez – including one by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Suarez has four years of his contract with Liverpool still to run, but the fear at Anfield is that he and his agent, Pere Guardiola, may now look for a way out – especially as the club cannot offer Champions League football.

Following his ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra last season, Suarez will, by October, have been suspended for 18 matches or almost half a season while under contract to Liverpool.

"I'd understand if he felt he couldn't carry on," said Rodgers. "One hundred per cent. I genuinely think he is trying to adapt, but, each time he takes a step forward, we find ways to beat him with a stick and strike him down."

Rodgers pointed out that when in 2006 Jermain Defoe bit Javier Mascherano during a game between Tottenham and West Ham, it was punished with a booking.

In the same year, a Chester player, Sean Hessey, was given a five-match ban for a biting incident. He argued that the storm of criticism, that included an intervention from Prime Minister Cameron, contributed to the severity of the punishment.

"Luis fell well below the standards of this football club, but that does not mean he should be thrown into the garbage. The player does need help," concluded Rogers. (© Independent News Service)

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