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Barcelona: Luis Suarez Out for Copa Del Rey Final

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 7: The referee shows the red card to Luis Suarez (9) of Barcelona during the King's Cup (Copa del Rey) match between FC Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain on February 7, 2017. (Photo by Albert Llop/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Through out a brilliant career Luis Suarez has been stopped more by his own behavior than any defense on a soccer pitch.  It was being reported that a two match ban has been given to the Barcelona striker and it included the Copa Del Rey final against Alaves on May 27.

Suarez’s ban was due to being sent off in the second game in the semifinals against Atletico Madrid. Suarez received a yellow card in the 87th minute having fouled Juanfran, three minutes later Suarez was sent off for tussling with Koke and arguing with the ref.

It seems that the reason Suarez was given the second game ban was because when given the red card Suarez continued to argue with the ref and then refused to leave the tunnel and going back to the locker rooms.

It’s not surprising that Suarez’s immature behavior again has hurt his team. In the 2010 FIFA World Cup while representing Uruguay, Suarez purposely handled a ball going into the net to prevent a goal.  This lead to a penalty for Ghana that was ultimately missed and led to Uruguay’s advancement to the semi-finals.

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Breaking a cardinal rule against handling the ball in order to prevent a sure goal was seen as horrible sportsmanship and gave Suarez the reputation of a cheater.

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Not to be outdone, at the 2014 World Cup Suarez was given a worldwide ban by FIFA when Suarez bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s third group match.  Though not disciplined during the game FIFA investigated afterwards and concluded that Suarez did bite Chiellini.

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The ban ended Suarez’s World Cup campaign and FIFA removed him from the Player of the Year awards list for 2014.  It was the third time Suarez had been disciplined for biting an appointment during a game.

Having scored 107 goals for Barcelona since coming over in 2014 you would think that Suarez may be missed during the final.  This is Barcelona though and they still boast the firepower of Lionel Messi and Neymar, also Alaves just promoted to La Liga this year will be making their first Copa Del Rey Finals.  Barcelona will appeal the ban but it’s likely not to happen.

Ultimately the Suarez suspension may not matter but it seems unlikely Suarez will ever learn and stop being  selfish, his play may be dynamic but if he can’t check his temper he’ll rob fans from seeing him play.

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