22 responses

  1. Ian
    August 19, 2014

    “It’s a personal issue, but I’ve dealt with appropriate professionals.” Taking him at his word, good on Suarez. He’s gained back some of my respect (I’m sure he’ll be relieved to know that). It’s pretty obvious Luis Suarez has some sort of mental illness, so professional help is exactly what he needed to seek. Well done.

    • Increase0
      August 19, 2014

      Don’t make excuses for the man. He doesn’t have mental illness anymore than Joey Barton does. Every once in a while Barton tries to fight someone. Every once in a while Suarez tries to bite someone.

      He just has self control issues. Most people do.

      That said he hasn’t really hurt anyone. Its just weirdly infantile.

      • wood chip zip
        August 19, 2014

        He grew up poor in Uruguay where even youth soccer is incredibly corrupt. Cheating is a way of life (or so I have read). Given that and his talent, it’s no surprise no one ever made him learn some self control. And yes, I’d rather be bitten than have my knee taken out, a tactic he could have switched to after the two previous biting punishments.

      • Limey
        August 19, 2014

        ‘learn some self control’? Seriously he bit someone in a game (for the third time), this time in front of a worldwide TV audience. Don’t you think he did everything he could to try to control that urge after it happened the first time? I hope the professionals he has talked with help, but they will not be there on the field, in the moment of extreme pressure that this urge reveals itself. I’m not really a gambling man but I’d say its a matter of time till it happens again. Shame on Barca for selfishly taking a chance of such a social liability, they really are desperate.

      • Limey
        August 19, 2014

        Increase0, You may want to spend some time researching mental health issues.

      • Increase0
        August 19, 2014

        Like ones that seem very specifically limited to the biting of people while playing soccer? More specifically defenders who are preventing him from scoring goals. This is a guy who punched a ref and got away with only a 1 game suspension in Uruguay when he was in his teens.

        I have never heard anything about any medical personnel suggesting he has say any such mental illness. Its just people making stuff up and trying to find a way to remove Suarez from Responsibility.

        Not all bad behaviour is mental illness.

      • Nate Dollars
        August 19, 2014

        ‘Not all bad behaviour is mental illness.’

        well, that’s true (and not what anyone is arguing)–but repeated behavior where the negative risks *far* outweigh any pontential benefit is a decent indicator.

        i’m not saying that suarez has a mental illness, but you should recognize that you stating ‘he doesn’t’ is just as baseless as ian stating ‘he does’.

      • Increase0
        August 19, 2014

        Now that is very true. There is no real evidence either way.

      • Nico C.
        August 19, 2014

        I didn’t know you were his psychiatrist. We have absolutely no proof that he doesn’t have mental illness, just like we have no proof that he actually does. (Unless something has been released that I don’t know about.) he stated he has been working with “appropriate professionals.” Ian is not making excuses for the man. He’s just stating that it’s good that he’s getting help.

      • Increase0
        August 19, 2014

        Right on….

  2. Brian S.
    August 19, 2014

    Shouldn’t there also be a story here about Geoff Cameron requesting a transfer from Stoke? Ives is the one that reported it.

    • Super Nintendo Chalmers
      August 19, 2014

      That’s what I was going to post. Would be nice if he lands on CL or EL team so he can face some high level European competition. He needs to play and Stoke is forcing him out.

    • Nate Dollars
      August 19, 2014

      probably because it was pretty quickly debunked by “cameron’s people” according to the stoke sentinel.

      interesting, because ives usually waits til he’s confident of the story before reporting (often missing the chance to break it). maybe he’s annoyed by twellman getting all the good scoops. :)

  3. GONATS
    August 19, 2014

    Hopefully not, but is there any relationship between Schweinsteiger’s injury and the MLS All-Star game?

    • AMPhibian
      August 19, 2014

      *gulp*

    • Brain Guy
      August 19, 2014

      This injury involves his knee. As I recall, the All-Star Game injury concerned his ankle.

      • Increase0
        August 19, 2014

        Good, not that he . Is hurt but that the MLS didnt do it.
        Its been a rough few years for Schweini on the injury front.

    • AcidBurn
      August 19, 2014

      Guardiola just wagged his finger at you, turned around and muttered expletives as he stalked off in the other direction.

  4. reignman
    August 19, 2014

    Manolas would be a quality signing for Arsenal as a 3rd CB, he is 23 and had a nice WC, also supposedly will cost only about 10 mil euros. If they sign him and a CDM this would be an amazing summer for them, they still have a very clear and obvious need at CDM.

  5. MiamiAl
    August 19, 2014

    Bayern should go out and sign Jermaine Jones. He is a Champions League player who knows the Bundasliga, and can provide cover for the missing Martinez and Schweini.

    • Spear
      August 19, 2014

      Yeah, they should also sigh Dempsey, start Green and hire Bruce Arena as an assistant to Guardiola.

      • 407
        August 19, 2014

        …and petition the local Bavarian county commission to help build a new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Munich.

        Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

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