POLL: Banning Luis Suarez is wrong and boring - Liz Nice

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
4:55 PM

Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has just been banned from all football for four months after FIFA found him guilty of biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in their game on Tuesday night.

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Suarez, who has bitten players on the pitch twice before, has also been banned from Uruguay’s next 9 matches - which means he won’t play again in this World Cup – and fined 100,000 Swiss francs.

But Liz Nice argues a ban is wrong....When I was a kid, I loved tennis. Wimbledon was the most exciting time of the year. Who would McEnroe yell at this time? He acted like a child: full of rage and indignation, primed to fly off the handle at any moment.

Jimmy Connors was nearly as bad. And then there was Ilie Nastase, who my Mum had quite a thing for.

They had style and passion. They brought tennis alive.

Now, as I sit at my desk, I can see Wimbledon going on in the corner of the office and I honestly couldn’t care less. Yes, it was nice to see Andy Murray win last year – I even took a picture of him on the telly on my phone – but I failed to get my own sons to have even the slightest interest in the historic moment, even though they are the same age I was when I first fell in love with the game.

Why? Because, as Andy Murray himself said, he has a ‘boring voice’. And tennis is boring. Because no one is ever naughty any more.

We fall in love with sport as children and it is our child-like selves that continue to love sport throughout our lives.

Nowhere but at football do I ever behave so childishly, singing stupid songs such as ‘She fell over ‘ and ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ with relish because it’s the only time in our dull, pedestrian adult lives when we still get to mess around.

I was thinking about this as I watched the predictable outrage over Luis Suarez this week. Endless dull and boring journalists are ranting about how he should be hounded out of our game because, well, they are boring!

I am boring.

But Luis Suarez, God love him (because someone’s got to), is many things but he is certainly never dull.

He has behaved as a child behaves. And a naughty child must be put on the naughty step, (as he has been today) but should he really have had his toys taken away forever as many are still suggesting? Surely that would have been a huge step too far?

You know what, dull, boring journalists, let’s send Suarez away! Let’s fill our game with Gareth Barrys and Michael Carricks and Paul Scholes’s, although in the case of the latter, it’s beginning to look, following his recent media pronouncements, that there was quite a bit of buried rage in there too.

But if we do eventually evict this brilliant, troubled man from our game, as I feel sure we will, although it is the one thing that he was truly born to do, then be aware of what it is we are really doing.

We are making football infinitely more boring.

And we are killing the child within us all.

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31 comments

  • Actually albert you have read the article and commented as well although not with anything constructive so who is the mug.

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    royg

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • It's obvious the article is just to troll, it's such a ridiculous point of view to take. Harold Shipman was a very good doctor, Peter Sutcliffe was an excellent lorry driver. Neither of these things seem to have been taken into account when handing out their respective sentences.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • Life Ban, end of. Football is boring anyway, but to bite anyone anywhere is an animal like action and thus should be dealt with harshly.

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    newsaddict

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • its an attention seeking article, and you mugs are all falling hook, line and sinker for it. well done

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    albert

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • I would love to see more opinion pieces on the site. Even if people dont fully agree with the content within the article its still great to hear everybody debate or make their opinions known.

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    Robert Spencer

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • It is NOT just biting that should be banned !, having played at a reasonable standard of Football myself, I do not want to watch 'Unarmed Combat' of any sort !, Football used to be a 'skillful' game with 'Rules' ?

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    freedomf

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • Well Liz Nice you certainly have invited debate. I agree with what you are getting at broadly as most of the sports stars that could be called a genius are flawed characters ie Suarez,Gazza,McEnroe etc and they are exciting to watch. However as in any walks of life commit the crime do the time so in this case the ban is totally correct. Tantrums and misbehaving were expected from McEnroe and Gazza etc but biting is a deep seated Physiological problem that needs addressing. And who at the Star thought of the name Liz Nice a bit to obvious.

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    royg

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • I don't agree with this article. Suarez cannot be compared to the "lovable rogues" who manifested their naughtiness in the odd swear word and a colourful private life. He is a "man" who, when he is on the pitch has headbutted a referee (as a schoolboy in Uraguay), racially abused an opponent and on 3 seperate occasions bitten an opposition player. Life does need rule breakers and characters. It does not need people who are willing to dehumanise others and treat them as no more than a piece of meat. Suarez (on the pitch) is not charming, or naughty, or a rebel. He is a danger to others. The contorted efforts of those who seek to defend him are remarkable. Perhaps they should ask themselves whether they would be going to the same trouble if it were Wayne Rooney or John Terry who was guilty of the offence. I suspect not. Having said that, I am unhappy that a few of thecommenters above have found it necessary to refer to Ms Nice's gender when replying. She is a woman. What of it? I disagree with her fundamentally on this topic but I cannot see why her gender has anything to do with this issue.

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    Trimleysven

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • This is not journalism. I think it might be an attempt to look like editorial comment. It fails. It is clearly just a piece of inflammatory rubbish designed to increase page hits at the website, and thus increase revenue from the advertisers. I suspect Liz Nice is related to one of the major shareholders...

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    Alice

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • What happened to the Evening Star it used to be a good paper with good stories but its gone down hill so much maybe its because there's no competition who knows but Ipswich is full of good news stories and instead we get an article saying banning a footballer who bites other players is boring no its amazing he wasn't banned for life

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    Megahman

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • Give Liz a regular column, She certainly has a knack of how to get people to throw there toys out the pram ,

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    richard

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • This article is almost as bad as the tripe Derek Davis used to write in the EADT. But instead of defending an ITFC Manager (Jim Magilton), under pressure - Derek Davis and Terry Hunt, went on a witch hunt!

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    Jeff Norman

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Dear Star....why have you decided to give this person space in your newspaper. I have found the majority of her articles to be completely idiotic and strewn with somewhat offensive stereotypical statements. It is not what your readership requires from your newspaper, what exactly is the agenda going on here?

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    Alan Scurrell

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Waspie's wife....How old is the writer of this article? I've never read such childish tripe. Yes he should be banned.

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    waspie

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • I would like to start a new poll titled "Should Liz Nice be banned from writing for the Ipswich Star?" I agree with all the previous comments. This article is a joke, offensive and should never have been published. Shame on you Ipswich Star.

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    Pepperpotty

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • As a rule, people who complain about things being "boring" tend to be boring people themselves. What a pathetic article. Nastase and McEnroe argued with tennis umpires, and not much else. Suarez committed an act that if performed on the street would result in an assault charge. The fact that a player who tackles an opponent with such savagery that the opponent never plays again will receive a lesser sanction is a matter for football to examine. A few days ago Liz Nice was asked to put forward her views about children going on holiday in term time. Geoff Barton, a head teacher from Bury St Edmunds put forward the view that it was detrimental to a child's education and backed up his views with evidence. Liz Nice, for some reason, just went into a rant about Michael Gove and George Osborne, and barely addressed the topic. One has to wonder why this newspaper publishes articles by Liz Nice.

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    BigGeoff

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Once you can perhaps turn a blind eye to is too much.lf you let him get away with it he will get worse.Perhaps she has a thing for him.

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    gavalie

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Typifies football's dubious morailty.... leg-breaking, career ruining tackle... 3 match ban. Minor nibble cue mass hysteria. Pesonally I would have made him play in a muzzle.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Who on earth is Liz Nice? As I haven't worked that out to be someone remotely important who is able to make or exceed an Z list Celeb league, I will hold fire on my opinion... (i.e. its not worth my time bothering with)... probably someone who works for Archant AND this article to just cause a stir for the Ipswich Star to take advantage of extra traffic of recent world cup events and banter. CHEAP SHOT!

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Is Liz serious ? Is she writing "tongue in cheek" for her own publicity ? If not, then her attitude is utterly deplorable. Yes, Suarez may need psychological help, maybe Uruguay needs to take a long hard look at themselves if this is considered normal behaviour.

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    oldsweat

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • He needs help. A mussel . A lead . Bag of doggie chews and if that does not help him . You have to put him down ..

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    Lee mundy

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • If players are banned for several games just for saying offensive things then a long ban and a fine for assaulting another player is the least that should be expected. Anyone who thinks that is not the case needs to examine their values.

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    amsterdam81

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • This article is typical of the political correctness that is rampant in education these days. Maybe Liz Nice would feel differently if one of her students bit her, or maybe she would expect a promotion if she bit the Principal herself? Absolutely ridiculous article, if this is the standard of Evening Star journalistic ability you newspaper is in a pathetic state.!

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    england1770

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • I understand liz is a college tutor.. and on her twitter she writes with teen language.. words like cxxp are common..so its no surprise she thinks biting is ok and cool ... i think she should be banned for four months for such bad journalism !!!

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    duncan wright

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Oh please get in the real world will you Liz Ask yourself this ... your standing alongside a youth football match and your little johnny bless him is getting annoyed with another player so he sinks his teeth into the lad , how do you think the parents to the wounded child might react to that , I imagine they would insist that the lad is sent of the pitch to think about his actions and never to return, I hope this stays fiction however as little Johnny has seen his footballing idol in the real world sink his teeth into Not 1 or 2 but 3 people and hardly getting more than a ticking off and told not to that again, a handfuls off game suspensions a fine and hey presto fancy that back he comes a few months later , ask yourself what do you think little Johnny thinks now . I believe he may brush himself off and say oh well I'm not bothered as they will let me continue playing football if I bite, he will almost certainly do it again one day just like his idol has done. It's not making Well balanced and well behaved sportsman of our future generation is it. How do you think the younger footballing youth of today learning the game will ever learn right from wrong on the pitch if they see that sort of behaviour going on and there is very little punishment for this disgusting behaviour they see inflicted on another human being ! Or Maybe I'm just being a paranoid parent....... ?

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    Me

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • liz this is not heavy petting it is assault.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • i think she should go and bite her boss and see what happens in the real world . think mr plod would be talking to her and a P45 in the post !!

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    hammy

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Of course Suarez should be banned. As someone already said, he is a repeat offender and has been banned twice before so a short ban and a trifling fine this time is no deterrent. He needs a much longer ban and a serious fine then perhaps he will learn to take responsibility for his actions. Alternatively, he could be made to wear a mask similar to Hannibal Lecter.........

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    Wild Roamer

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • What sport was this woman trying to talk about ??

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    MIGUEL100

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • This is without doubt the most pathetic piece of journalism I have ever witnessed. The writer obviously has no interestknowledge of sport or sportsmanship. Shame on you Ipswich Evening Star for even sanctioning it's publication. Of course Suarez should be banned and for very much longer than the pathetic 4 months that FIFA have announced.

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    BalticExile

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Rarely have I read such a ridiculous article. Tennis players throwing tantrums and football fans chanting childish songs is one thing; a football player, however talented, biting someone - three times now - is totally unacceptable. Of course, Ms Nice (really???) has probably whacked out this copy just to get some sort of response

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    Deep Throat

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

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