womenforfootball.com – This is one of the articles I contributed at SWOL.co this week. As you are aware by now, Luis Suarez was signed by FC Barcelona during the Summer transfer and here is the story on his official unveiling at his new club and his pledge for the new season:
Barcelona: Luis Suarez Unveiled and Makes No More Biting Pledge
The Uruguay and former Liverpool superstar was unveiled at FC Barcelona’s Friendly match on Tuesday. Luis Suarez , despite his outstanding performance for Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup, was best known for his controversial biting scene against Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini and his lengthy suspension.
Yet, FC Barcelona insisted on their pursuit of former English Premier League’s top scorer and Player of the Year to land the striker in a £75 million deal with Liverpool during the Summer.
Suarez, who is suspended until October from all official matches, was unveiled by FC Barcelona in a presentation to the fans on Tuesday in a ceremony that was overshadowed over his biting incident. It did not take the media too long during the press conference before asking him about his suspension and biting incident.
Luis Suarez however, for the first time, pledged to “no more biting” in upcoming season at La Liga.
”I say to all the fans, don’t worry, because I won’t do that anymore,” the former Liverpool striker said.
”The suspension is what it is, and I have to accept it,” Suarez said. ”After what happened I didn’t want to do anything. I was depressed. But while I was with my wife and children I had to accept reality. I asked for forgiveness as I had to do, and now I have to think about the present.”
When asked for the reason for repetitive violent behavior during football games, Suarez refused to go into details about what he considered was at the root of his violent behavior. He called it a ”private” issue that he was treating with the ”appropriate professionals.”
‘Of course I was worried, but not only about the transfer (to Barcelona), but also about myself, for what I had done. I try to erase it,” he said. ”The lesson I take from it is personal. I try to forget it.”
The lengthy suspension will effectively rule him out of the first eight Spanish league matches and three of Barcelona’s six Champions League group stage matches.
Suarez also remains banned for Uruguay’s next eight competitive matches and will miss next year’s Copa America and some World Cup qualifying matches.
”It hurts not playing for Barcelona but it hurts even more not playing for my country,” Suarez said. ”I love my country. The fact that I will miss the next Copa America hurts very much. But I have to try and forget it.”
In terms of tactics, many pundits have questioned the need for third striker competing for a role on the pitch, while Barcelona already enjoy the goal production of Lionel Messi in particular and also Neymar. However, if Suarez keeps his words and avoid another biting controversy, considering his immense scoring impact at his former teams, Barcelona may soon become an unstoppable attacking force that La Liga and the Champions League opponents can hardly reckon with.