Brendan Rodgers hits out at ban

Liverpool manager Brendan RodgersBrendan Rodgers has hit out at the ban handed down to Luis Suarez and says he has been dealt with far more harshly than others.

The Uruguay striker has until midday on Friday to launch an appeal against the severity of the ban handed out for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and Liverpool will make their decision after receipt of the disciplinary panel’s report.

The FA have recently changed their disciplinary system but Rodgers pointed to two incidents of biting in the past – one of which was punished with a yellow card and the other a five-match ban, both considerably less than the 10 matches Suarez has been handed.

“It is the severity of the ban that has hurt most,” said the Reds boss.

“That is something we are bitterly disappointed with – not so much the ban because everyone has seen it and Luis was very open and honest to know it was wrong. I felt it could have been 12 games but with a six-game ban and six games suspended, looking at his future behaviour. I don’t think anyone would have disagreed with that.”

England striker Jermain Defoe received no punishment for biting West Ham’s Javier Mascherano in 2006 as he was booked at the time while Chester’s Sean Hessey was banned for five matches for a bite on Stockport’s Liam Dickinson.

“There have been two incidents of this type of scenario. One player (Defoe) received no ban and continued to be chosen by the FA as part of the England squad,” he added.

“The second player received a five-game ban – so as you can imagine when Luis Suarez receives a 10-game ban it is very difficult to understand and even more so for Luis.”

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