Taylor: It would be embarrasing if Liverpool’s Suárez won PFA award
PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor says it would be embarrassing if Liverpool striker Luis Suárez won player of the year prize
PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor says it would be embarrassing if Liverpool striker Luis Suárez were to win this season’s player of the year award.
The 26-year-old has been fined by Liverpool after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanović in the second half of their 2-2 draw with the Blues at Anfield on Sunday.
Suárez was named on the six-man shortlist for the PFA award last week, along with Gareth Bale, Michael Carrick, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie.
“It would be embarrassing if he is named player of the year but we have got to deal with it and make sure he is player of the year not just in a footballing sense but as a human being as well and we will be trying to do that,” said Taylor.
Taylor also hinted that Suárez’s poor disciplinary record could result in a lengthier ban after the Uruguayan was suspended for eight games by the FA after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra in October 2011.
“The whole thing about football justice is that it’s got to be seen to be fair and just like any other justice it takes into account any previous problems, if there’s been a clean record before that would be taken into account in mitigation,” he added.
“But if there are problems before then of course the message hasn’t got through and on that point of view there will be sanctions so I think we have to work on the positive side of things. We’ve got a lad here who is an extremely good player, one of the world’s best and is letting himself, the club and the game down by his actions.
“While it’s good he made a personal apology we have got to work really hard with him and I hope the club agree on this anger management business to avoid it happening again and setting the worst possible example.”