Luis Suarez was at it again on Sunday. Unless you’re a soccer fan you probably don’t know who he is. Let me point you towards himÃ‚Â bitingÃ‚Â an opponent, racially abusing an opponent (although the evidence was sketchy), gaining a reputation for cheating while playing, punching an opponent, and finally, to round things off nicely, biting another opponent. I should also point out he’s done all this while becoming probably one of the top twenty playersÃ‚Â in the world.
It’s the second biting incident (his first while playing in England) that has got a lot of Britons up in arms. I wasn’t going to mention the Uruguayan’s antics this week, but then the Prime Minister got involved (and of course the deputy PM too), which made this all the more galling.
David Cameron apparently thought it was his place, as the leader of the nation, to denounce Suarez as a bad role model. Where can I possibly start with this?
I could tell him to keep his mouth shut and that it has little, if anything, to do with him. I could dig up some of the things he did in his younger days (like some have) and call him a hypocrite. Or point to the things wrong with the country that his government aren’t fixing (like some have) and say ‘concentrate on your job’. I could also say he’s not one bit interested in soccer normally (unless Obama’s around, then they can pretend to like the game together), and that makes his piping up on the subject even less relevant than it is already. And then there’s Nick Clegg, but lets face it, Clegg only talks about a subject if CameronÃ‚Â does first, so see above, but take off even more relevance.
When a far more serious sports story broke this week, that of systematicÃ‚Â doping at a top horse racing stable in Britain, you heard not a peep from Cameron or his deputy PM/court jester. But then, racing doesn’t have as big a following as soccer. Cameron was given the chance to connect with the masses, get on the right side of public opinion for once. Follow the crowd in the hope that people would see a common bond between themselves and their leader, in hate for a supremely gifted, if not erratic Uruguayan footballer. It’s a bit like Obama when he fills out his March Madness brackets. Only Obama actually likes basketball, so it’s not quite as cynical a move.
For those of you interested, the outcome of Suarez’s bite was a 10-game ban. The prime minister has sinceÃ‚Â said the issue is for the Football Association to deal with. At least he’s right on that.Ã‚Â He’s probably forgotten the name Luis Suarez already.