Jon Dunham – Can anyone get inside Suarez’s mind and find out what’s going on?

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.

I, like most, had to see it before I believed it.

While I was torturing myself by watching England’s final match at this World Cup, I was keeping an eye on what was happening in the decider between Italy and Uruguay through Twitter.

‘Suarez appears to have bitten Chiellini’ was the first tweet I saw. What? Surely not! Surely he cannot be that stupid.

It wasn’t hard to change channels, it wasn’t as if Roy Hodgson’s men were keeping me glued to the television (sigh).

And low and behold, there for all the world to see, the Liverpool striker had done it again.

There are so many aspects to this incident that can make you angry.

First off, the fact a grown man resorts to such tactics is nothing short of despicable. As a parent, like many of you reading this are no doubt, biting is one of those things that everyone tries to knock out of their children from a young age.

But for one of the world’s best footballers to do it for a third time, on the pitch, defies belief.

Thankfully, FIFA acted quickly. Some will say they could have been more ruthless but a four-month ban from football is about as severe as it gets.

Thankfully, FIFA weren’t taken in by the so-called ‘witch hunt’ by the English and Italian media (what a load of rubbish) and judged the incident on the evidence in front of them.

A swift and decisive move was needed and they delivered it.

It would be fascinating to know what on earth is going on the mind of Luis Suarez.

Without doubt, he is one of the best strikers on the planet at the moment. His finishing is lethal, his movement is like nothing I have seen before and his ability to take a game away from the opposition single-handedly is astonishing (as a Norwich City fan, I know this better than anyone).

Sadly, as seems to be the case these days, there has to be a dark side and the fact that Suarez has again hit the headlines because of what he has done with his teeth instead of his feet is, at best, bitterly disappointing.

Something has to be done. Whether it be psychiatric treatment or whatever, someone has got to get inside this man’s mind and change it for the better.

Having watched a lot of football at all levels, there is one thing that annoys me more than anything and that is wasted talent.

There really is nothing more frustrating than seeing a player who appears to have it all, chucking it away because of things that have no relevance to football in any way.

For whatever reason, at this moment in time, Suarez believes there is nothing wrong. Indeed, when you have your country’s FA and your own captain backing you after such a disgusting act, why wouldn’t you believe your own fantasy?

The punishment handed down says it all. FIFA could take no risks. This happened on a global scale and it certainly didn’t need the English media to point it out to everyone.

The ones I do feel sorry for are Liverpool and their supporters. This isn’t their fault.

They rightly admire one of the best players to ever pull on the famous red shirt. Why shouldn’t they? Without Suarez, they wouldn’t have been as close to winning the Premier League title as they were at the end of last season.

And Liverpool, as a club, have continually supported him through the controversy. I am sure they would have done all they could to ensure something like this didn’t happen on their watch again.

They may well sell him. Indeed, is any title worth it when your name is dragged through the mud by one individual, regardless of how good they are?

But even if they don’t, he won’t be seen at Anfield until the end of October at the earliest. By then, it may already be too late to launch a title bid again.

Another act of madness by one player has, for a while at least, managed to take the focus off the greatest festival of football there is. That, in itself, is unforgivable.

One can only hope that the penny drops and Suarez finds a way to reform his mindset and character and ensure that when his time comes, he is remembered for the great things he has done on a football pitch.