Far Post: Uruguay's Luis Suarez conundrum


The following week he humiliated Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, scoring twice and accounting for three assists in a 5-0 demolition that saw Tottenham coach Andre Villas Boas leave by "mutual consent" (an English euphemism for getting for fired) the next day. On Dec. 20, John W. Henry, Liverpool's principal owner, offered Suárez an improved contract, which made him the highest paid player in Liverpool's history. The English outside Liverpool fear Suárez because he is gifted and committed. But many also loathe him, because they regard him as a dishonest, violent player and, worse still, a racist.

Luis Suarez received a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last July. It was the second biting incident of his career.
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Juan Schiaffino scores Uruguay's first goal past Brazilian keeper Barbosa in the 1950 World Cup final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
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Luis Suarez got in hot water for a race row involving Manchester United's Patrice Evra, right, in October 2011.
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Controversy encapsulated Luis Suarez at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as his intentional handball against Ghana resulted in his sending off, but also kept Uruguay alive in the quarterfinals.
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-- Editor's Note: This article was amended to clarify Suárez's relationship to the Frente Amplio political movement

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