For Liverpool's Luis Suarez, reality bites

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,Craig Stouffer

Did it need to take this long for Luis Suarez to get the attention he so desperately has been craving?

Liverpool was swift to condemn its Uruguayan striker Sunday after he was caught on camera biting the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, quickly announcing it had fined Suarez for "unacceptable behavior." In 2011, Liverpool tried to defend Suarez after he racially abused an opponent. This time around, it insists it's keeping a player who has 23 Premier League goals this season -- second only to Manchester United's Robin Van Persie (24).

But what causes the most teeth gnashing -- yes, that was intended -- is that it wasn't Suarez's first offense. He was suspended for seven matches in 2010 while playing for Ajax in the Netherlands for a biting a player.

On Monday, the English Football Association charged Suarez with "violent conduct," meaning a three-match ban won't be sufficient. Suarez has until Tuesday evening to respond to the charges, and a disciplinary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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