PHOTO: Brazil international mocks Suarez, then defends Liverpool striker

Brazil international striker Fred had a joke at Luis Suarez's expense, until he heard the ban which had been meted out.

Brazil striker Fred, not immune to criticism himself this World Cup for his form, had a joke at Luis Suarez's expense in training in midweek.

Suarez is the most-discussed striker in world football at present, after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 win in midweek, and copped a four month ban from all football competition from FIFA.

This includes club football, and excludes him from the rest of the World Cup.

Fred was asked about his views on the ban by the Brazilian media, and decided to stick up for his fellow South American.

He is reported to have told L'Equipe: "I would really like to see him continue to play in this World Cup.

"The majority of people I've talked to think that it is right but it is a punishment that can ruin his life."

That may sound dramatic but the coming few months could be quite miserable for Suarez, despite the £3 million he stands to earn during the period of his suspension.

He remains linked with a transfer to La Liga giants Barcelona, who have not dropped their interest in the controversial forward.

Liverpool are yet to give any indication they are willing to sell, but former defender Jamie Carragher expressed his view earlier today they should consider it:

"Liverpool are not going to let an £80-£100m player leave for a cut-price fee, but if someone did offer that type of money I think now they may think 'take the money'"

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