Pele comments on Luis Suarez situation

Pele With Sepp Blatter

Football icon believes FIFA ban on Liverpool forward is just, amid reports he is being targeted by Barcelona in the latest transfer news.

"If he was not sanctioned in this way, such incidents could be repeated," asserted legendary striker Pele, 73, as quoted by the Daily Star.

The Brazilian, a three-time World Cup winner and World Player of the Century, was referring to the four-month FIFA-induced ban subjected to controversial Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez who, for the third time in his professional career, bit an opponent during a game.

The incident went unpunished at the time, despite the protestations of victim Giorgio Chiellini of Italy, but Suarez can now no longer compete, train with his employers nor watch any live game for the length of the suspension.

"No player can do what Luis Suarez did," added Pele. "I believe that the punishment is fair. FIFA's decision is good and is correct because it sets an example."

Despite the lists of "cant's" in Suarez's ban, there are notable "cans" - namely, he can hold transfer discussions with another club and he can undergo a medical examination; two things that could occur before next week, if fresh transfer reports are to believed as the player could switch to Barcelona in a high-profile trade that could gross Liverpool £80 million.

Concluding, Pele believes Suarez's career will not suffer: "He's a great player and he will bounce back."

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