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Liverpool Balls: The Redemption Of ‘Evil’ Luis Suarez

by | 25th, June 2014



IT looks very much as if Luis Surez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini . As ever, Suarez is fantastically entertaining, giving us all a something to talk about and worth watching. Which ever club he plays for next season will be lucky to have him. He puts bums on seats and sells TV packages.

As Luis mulls over the future, we take time to revisit the words used to annoint Suarez when he was welcomed back into the (swallows sick) ‘football family’ after his respective bans for biting and calling Manchester United’s Patrice Evra a “negrito” over and over and over.

That word is “redemption”, defined as:

1. the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.
“God’s plans for the redemption of his world”
synonyms: saving, saving/freeing from sin, vindication, absolution – a thing that saves someone from error or evil – “his marginalization from the Hollywood jungle proved to be his redemption”

2. the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.
“the peasants found the terms of redemption unattractive”

News was that being very good at football after his bans was a sign that Suarez was touched by God’s love. Never mind that Suarez was a very good footballer before he verbally abused Evra and bit a Serb, the media narrative was that as every Suarez goal hit the net, he was cleansed of past sins. He was good because he was morally on-message.

Football was not about fun and ecsapism. The media had bought into the Government’s balls that footballers were ‘role models’ whose every act was seized upon by a foaming working class. If Luis Suarez gets away with calling Evra a negrito, there’d be a race riot. His hilarious nibbling would lead to cannablism in the playground.

So. The story was of a chastened and fully reformed man. He was now saved. And so were we all.





But let’s not forget that the Liverpool fans never stopped loving him.

Last summer, Brandan Rodgers  said Suarez was a player “very much valued at Liverpool”. He was “not for sale at any price”. His

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