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Mid-Day Ticker: Suarez suspended again, City making play for Hazard and more

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Luis Suarez might as well be on the FA's speed dial these days.

In the aftermath of receiving an eight-game ban and hefty fine from England's ruling body, the Liverpool striker was given his second punishment after being found guilty of misconduct for flipping the middle finger to Fulham fans at Craven Cottage following a match earlier in December.

Suarez was suspended for a game and fined £20,000 for the gesture, which he admitted to doing. As a result, he'll sit out Liverpool's match against Newcastle on Friday.

Suarez and Liverpool have yet to lodge an appeal for the other ban, one that would prevent him from playing in almost half of the club's remaining matches this season if upheld.

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:


Manchester City's embarrassment of riches could be growing even more.

According to reports, the club is making a bid for Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard, one of the most sought-after names on the European transfer market.

Hazard's agent claims that in order to secure Hazard's rights as soon as possible, City will make a £25 million bid for the player, whom the club would then loan back to Lille for the remainder of this season under the terms of the deal. 

Real Madrid is rumored to be Hazard's first-choice destination.


Inter Milan striker Diego Forlan is finally set to return to action after a hamstring injury has kept him out of the lineup for the last two months.

Forlan has hardly made the impact expected of him since joining Inter from Atletico Madrid. He has scored just one goal — back in September — and the club struggled to an atrocious start to the season despite his presence. 

Inter has since found its form, climbing into fifth place in the Serie A table after winning its last four games. The club trails first-place teams AC Milan and Juventus by eight points as Forlan returns from the injury, which he suffered while on international duty for Uruguay on Oct. 11.


Former Portugal great Eusebio is on the verge of being discharged from a hospital after a week-long stay.

The 69-year-old Eusebio was admitted into Lisbon's Hospital da Luz last Wednesday with infections in both of his lungs that caused double pneumonia. He was reportedly in the hospital's intensive care unit through the weekend.


Do you think Suarez has been worth the trouble for Liverpool? Does Hazard-to-City make sense for either party? Where do you see him ending up? How do you see Forlan's return impacting Inter's fortunes?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Also have some more breaking news: Luis Suarez was handed another suspension for farting in an opposing players general direction.

  2. The FA has been inconsistent on this. They have handed out suspensions for some and not others. Suspending players for giving the finger to “fans” who abuse them all match long is ridiculous.

  3. Oh no. The children! Someone think about the children!

    They hear far worse in the stands. The FA also hasn’t suspended other players for doing the same thing.

  4. Ban him for 12 games, 8 for the racism episode, and 4 for the unnecessary grotesque gesture towards opposing fans, there were likely kids in the stands watching the game.

  5. This is also the guy who bit an opposing player on his shoulder in a AJAX game and was suspended for 7 games. And everyone remembers his handball in the Ghana game in the World Cup. With his suspension from his racists remarks to now this, flipping off the opposing fans, he has a history of bad behavior.

  6. Additionally, Stephen Carr of Birmingham City recieved a one game ban for doing the exact same thing last season. Rather than the faux Suarez is the victim of an FA witch hunt, he is getting a consistent punishment here.

    I am sure that won’t stop Liverpool fans from blaming the FA for their average season. Instead of looking at the awful purchases (besides Suarez) “King Kenny” has made.

  7. Rooney got a 2 match ban for swearing last year, so I don’t think a 1 match ban to Suarez for giving the crowd the finger is excessive or inconsistent.

  8. He is getting what he deserves. You say racist things on the field and then while under investigation you go and flip off the fans? The guy is an idiot and needs to learn that he is not above the game. A 9 game suspension would be a great learning lesson I would think.

  9. Okay this is frankly getting ridiculous at this point, the FA has it out for Suarez.

    I see middle fingers flying all the time, guys unleashing explicit rants at officials and crowds and even other players.

  10. If im Hazard id move to somewhere i know id b able to start, where would hazard fit in man citys system? Id like to see him go to manchester united or real madrid.


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