Luis Suárez’s 10-game ban is harsh, says Danny Murphy

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy describes Luis Suárez's 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic as "harsh"

luis suarez
Luis Suárez has scored 23 Premier League goals this season Photo: Back Page Images

Danny Murphy believes Luis Suárez’s 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanović is “harsh”.

The Uruguay international apologised to the Blues centre-half after the 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday night before being fined two weeks’ wages by Liverpool.

Although Murphy admits Suárez acted unacceptably, he believes the striker’s punishment, which the Reds can appeal before 1200BST on Friday, is over the top.

And the Blackburn Rovers midfielder, who spent seven years at Anfield, reckons fining players “five or six weeks’ wages” would be a much more effective punishment.

“It’s unacceptable what he did but, for me, the ten games is a bit harsh,” Murphy told talkSPORT.

“I was talking to a mate of mine who doesn’t earn too much money doing what he does and spends every penny on his season ticket and they [the supporters] are the ones that suffer really.

“I still find it difficult to comprehend why there are restrictions on being able to fine players. Give them bigger fines because, when I’ve been around players who have done things that are wrong the past, it hurts the most when they get hit in the pocket.

“If you can fine players five, six weeks wages, I’m telling you that is going to make difference. Of course he should have been banned, there’s no way you can argue that, but ten games for me is harsh. That is punishing a lot of other people involved, those fans that play a lot of money to go and watch.”

Gary Neville
Gary Neville: Man United star Mason Greenwood is on a 'different level'
Alan Shearer (Photo: BBC Sport / Screengrab)
‘Just too good’: Alan Shearer heaps praise on Chelsea FC trio
Michael Owen
Michael Owen states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Real Madrid
Paul Merson
Paul Merson: Harry Kane would be 'perfect' for Man United
Michael Owen
Michael Owen states his prediction for Chelsea FC v FC Porto
Gary Neville
Gary Neville: Man United star Mason Greenwood is on a 'different level'
Alan Shearer (Photo: BBC Sport / Screengrab)
‘Just too good’: Alan Shearer heaps praise on Chelsea FC trio
Michael Owen
Michael Owen states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Real Madrid
Paul Merson
Paul Merson: Harry Kane would be 'perfect' for Man United
Michael Owen
Michael Owen states his prediction for Chelsea FC v FC Porto
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature