Giroud, Lineker & more: Twitter reacts to Suárez’s 10-game ban

Olivier Giroud and Gary Lineker both tweet their thoughts after Liverpool striker Luis Suárez is banned for 10 games by the FA

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Luis Suárez has netted 23 league goals for the Reds this season Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

Luis Suárez has been issued with a 10-game ban by the FA for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanović Sunday’s a 2-2 at Anfield.

The 26-year-old, who apologised to the Blues centre-half on Sunday night before being fined by Liverpool, had accepted a charge of violent conduct but claimed the ban should be the standard three games.

News of the lengthy suspension – which Liverpool can appeal before 1200BST on Friday – prompted a frenzied reaction on Twitter, and here are snippets from the professionals, both past and present.

Former Norwich striker Darren Huckerby ‏(@hucks6dh6) poses the question on everyone’s lips: “So 10-game ban for Suárez, fair or not?”

Huckerby’s former team-mate Iwan Roberts ‏(@iwanwroberts) compares Suárez’s ban to John Terry’s suspension: “10-game ban for Suárez biting is more than the 4-game ban that John Terry got for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand!”

Ex-Aston Villa midfielder George Boateng ‏(@george1boateng) makes a similar point: “Equal rights you tell me…? FA bans. Barton (12, violent conduct), Suárez (10, violent conduct). Suárez (8, racism), Terry (4, racism).”

England legend Gary Lineker ‏(@GaryLineker) wants to see consistency from the FA: “10-game ban for Luis Suárez. Very strong punishment. Vital now that @FA are consistently strong on all issues eg racism, abusing refs etc. Also this ridiculous, if the ref saw it they can’t punish retrospectively nonsense, has to be addressed!”

Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright ‏(@Mark__Bright) feels it is a fair ban: “Repeat offence, no complaints with the 10-game ban for #Suárez he needs some help, he’ll now have plenty of time to get it. #lfc”

Queens Park Rangers winger Andros Townsend ‏(@andros_townsend) feels it is harsh: “Wow 10-game ban is defo a bit too harsh!”

Finally, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud (‏@_OlivierGiroud_) could be tweeting about his own suspension: “Very severe decision..”

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