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Dietmar Hamann

Dietmar Hamann

Hamann backs Suarez ban

Tags: England, Germany, uruguay

It is right that Luis Suarez has been banned from football for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, according to the former Germany international Dietmar Hamann.

Italy v Uruguay: Group D - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Hamann, our Sony Ambassador following Germany in the World Cup, is also angry at Suarez for tarnishing the name of Liverpool, Hamann’s former club. “Not for the first time, Suarez is in the bad books,” Hamann told users in an exclusive web chat, shortly before the decision was announced by world governing body FIFA.

“I don’t think he should play any further part in the World Cup. He is looking at a lengthy ban. The people who suffer most are those closest to him. Liverpool have a global fanbase. It’s not their fault but Liverpool are getting connected with this. It’s bad for the club and their sponsors.

“I feel sorry for the club, they’ve supported him. It is out of order and I hope he gets a long ban. I had never seen or heard of anyone else biting or being bitten in my whole career. How many more chances should he be given? Will the fans run out of patience with him?”

Suarez has been banned four months – and for nine international matches – ruling him out of the rest of the World Cup. He learned his fate after an independent disciplinary panel looked into Tuesday’s incident.

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