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Suarez is treated 'like a murderer' fumes former Liverpool teammate

Luis Suarez's controversies have seen him treated like "a murderer", according to his former Liverpool teammate Iago Aspas.

Suarez was banned for four months by world governing body FIFA in June after he bit Italy defender Girogio Chiellini while playing for Uruguay at the World Cup.

The incident was the third of its kind in four years, and under the terms of the suspension, Suarez was unable to step foot inside the Camp Nou when he completed his £75 million switch from Liverpool earlier this month.

Aspas, who played alongside the 31-goal double Player of the Year last term, feels that his former teammate is being unfairly treated by the authorities.

Speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, Aspas, who has been loaned to Sevilla for the coming season, said: "They are treating Luis like a murderer and not like a footballer.

"There are murderers who pay less {for what they have done]. To not let him be presented [by Barcelona], to train or to enter the stadium is too much."

Suarez was also given a nine-game international ban, and after their attempts to rehabilitate their star man following a similar offence on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April 2013, the Anfield outfit decided to cash in on last season's top scorer.

Suarez is unable to make his Barca bow until the end of October, but new coach Luis Enrique claimed last week that he was still hopeful of having the suspension reduced.

He told the club's official website: “Ideally, we’d have all of the players from the very first day, but we knew what the situation was when we signed him. We’re still hoping the suspension can be changed, but it would be no tragedy if it wasn’t.

"You must remember that we’ve got plenty of other players. There’s a long season ahead and there will be chances for everyone. So it’s no excuse that he’s suspended."

Liverpool have so far spent around £60 million on Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can, while deals for Dejan Lovren and Belgium international striker Divock Origi are reportedly in the pipeline.

Meanwhile Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy is on the verge of completing an £8.5 million move to Anfield after meeting the club in the United States to undergo his medical.

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