Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe's previous actions should have been the key in getting Liverpool forward Luis Suarez off of a long ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic, instead the striker stands to miss 10 games.
Cast your minds back to 2006 when Jermain Defoe went and had the most blatant nibble on the shoulder of Javier Mascherano you will ever see.
On that occasion the referee spotted the incident quickly, intervened and produced a yellow card against Defoe which would be unheard of based on modern refereeing standards.
Well it’s that incident that Luis Suarez’s legal representatives would have tried to use to try and prevent the striker being banned for more than three games, following his acceptance of an FA misconduct charge.
This afternoon Suarez was handed a 10 match ban by the hard-hitting FA disciplinary panel.
There seems to be very little difference between the two bites with the exception that Suarez, right now, is a higher profile star than Defoe was back in 2006.
The basic argument from Liverpool is that the FA has a duty to be consistent within its own rules and by making an example out of Suarez, then they are breaking their own duty to those rules.
Ultimately, we do not want to see any examples of biting or violence of any form within the game, which sends out the completely wrong message.
Suarez will be out of action for the rest of the season which could jeopardise Liverpool’s chances of securing an automatic Europa League place, and then beyond that until September, unless Liverpool can get it reduced.
Take a look at Defoe’s bite;
Which was worse?
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