Suarez: Fair solution is still possible
(Friday, June 27)
Having reviewed the full report of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, FIFPro is aware of the positions
taken by the respective parties in the case relating to Luis Suarez.
FIFPro stands by the principle of fair play and the importance of upholding the duty of care each
player owes his fellow professional. FIFPro reminds all players it represents across the world of the
responsibility they carry as role models, a privilege which is magnified at World Cup level.
With his case subject to appeal, Luis Suarez has the right to due process. FIFPro believes all affected
parties may benefit with time to remove the emotion, reflect and re-establish the facts in a calm and
This is a very serious matter, as reflected by the sanctions imposed by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee.
The sanction will be reviewed and FIFA will have to focus especially on the accumulation of sanctions
including a four-month ban from all football activity.
The fact that Suarez is prohibited from working for a long period must be addressed as it directly
infringes his right to work. Also the fact that Liverpool FC is affected needs to be an important issue.
Luis Suarez should receive all the support he needs to deal with any off-field issues he may be
experiencing at this time. This means that the focus should be on the rehabilitation and serious
treatment of the player. FIFPro believes that treatment must be a part of any sanction.
Luis Suarez deserves all the support he needs including legal support in the appeal case in order to
achieve a reduction of the sanctions.
All affected parties will benefit from a well-advised decision especially when done in the interests of
ensuring that he makes a successful return to the game.
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