Richard Scudamore has hinted Luis Suarez’s departure from Liverpool was good for the league.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has laid into former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, suggesting he damaged the reputation of the division.
Suarez was sold by Liverpool to Barcelona last month following the Uruguayan’s biting antics at this summer’s World Cup.
Scudamore was keen not to take anything away from Suarez’s ability as a footballer, but admits his actions in Brazil were having an indirect effect on the Premier League.
“He’s great to have, but an accident waiting to happen,” Scudamore is reported as saying in the Telegraph.
“If you spend your time trying to promote what’s good about the Premier League, you’re always waiting for the next thing to come along.
“And this one in the summer, although it was with Uruguay, although it didn’t directly involve the Premier League, clearly it reflected on Liverpool as one of our great clubs.
“And it reflected on us. He’s done his time here, but I can’t say I’m sorry to see him go. I think it was good business on a number of levels from Liverpool to move Suarez on.”
Suarez still has to wait until the end of October until he can appear for Barcelona due to his ban, but will give them a new-look attacking front-three alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.
The striker will always be considered one of the best players to ever grace the turf at Anfield, but the general consensus from Liverpool fans seemed to be that it was the right time for him to depart. His 31 goals last season almost inspired them to a first league title in 24 years, but it was not to be.
As one of football’s most controversial characters, Suarez must now find a level of responsibility in his game as he prepares to serve one of the biggest clubs in the world.