Rio Ferdinand baffled by Suarez ban & calls for FA to revamp punishment system

The Manchester United defender took to Twitter said that the current way of doing things “doesn’t make sense at all” after the striker was handed a 10-match suspension

Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has called on the FA to change their system of punishment after Liverpool striker Luis Suarez received a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

The severity of the ban has seen many unhappy with the sliding scale of punishments from the governing body, which would suggest that the incident was more serious than players being found guilty of racial abuse.

“I honestly think we need to revamp the punishment system we have in place in our game.Doesn’t make sense at all,” Ferdinand said on Twitter, referencing an article condemning the FA for their stance on the matter.

Since the shocking incident took place on Sunday, the footballing world has reacted to the incident, with some defending the Uruguayan, and others condemning him.

Suarez accepted the charge on Tuesday but rejected the notion that it should warrant more than a three-game ban, and has until midday on Friday to appeal the decision.

Liverpool stated they were “shocked and disappointed” with the decision, while a Uruguayan official exclusively told that “the English are hypocrites and have double morals”.

With this being the second instance in which Suarez has been found guilty of biting an opponent in his career, the PFA have decided to offer him anger management counselling.

Others have suggested that the 26-year-old could now be set to leave the club, but former team-mate Dirk Kuyt told he will stay, and be desperate to make amends.

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