Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is happy that Liverpool elected to sell Luis Suarez this summer, describing the striker as an “accident waiting to happen”.

The Reds elected to offload their star hit-man as Barcelona came sniffing, agreeing a £75m fee with the Spaniards.

The Catalans were keen to pay up even with Suarez banned for four months due to his latest biting controversy at the World Cup.

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It was the most recent in a long line of misdemeanours which have seen ‘El Pistolero’ emerge as one of the most controversial footballers in recent memory.

Although his talent – he netted 31 league goals last season for Liverpool – is not in doubt, Scudamore says that his reputation and tendency to get himself in trouble means that he’s happy he no longer plies his trade in the Premier League:

“I think probably the time had come,” he is quoted by talkSPORT.

“He’s a great player and I’m not taking anything away from his talents: he was voted by both his own players and the media last year the player of the year and deservedly so.

“He’s great to have but an accident waiting to happen, and if you spend your time trying to promote what’s good about the Premier League, you’re always waiting for the next thing to come along.

“And this one in the summer, although it was with Uruguay, although it didn’t directly involve the Premier League, clearly it reflected on Liverpool as one of our great clubs. And it reflected on us.

“He’s done his time here, but I can’t say I’m sorry to see him go. I think it was good business on a number of levels from Liverpool to move Suarez on.”

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