I was being treated worse than a hooligan at the start: Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez talks about the phase when he was banned from football last year.
Luis Suarez has revealed that he was treated “worse than a hooligan” by football’s governing body, FIFA, when he was banned for nine international matches after he caught on replays, biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during his country’s Group game in the 2014 World Cup last year.
“At the start, I was being treated worse than if I were a hooligan.A ban is one thing, but I could not even train,” Suarez said in an interview with kicker.
Was scored to even see my nephew play: Suarez
The 28-year-old also revealed that the ban left such a lasting impact on him that he couldn't even go watch his nephew play for his youth team in Uruguay, out of fear and added that he still doesn't understand why the ban said that he was barred from stepping onto the football pitch.
"On holidays, I was afraid to go and see my nephews playing for a youth team in Uruguay. The ban said I could not even step onto a football pitch -- something I still do not understand today," he said.
Suarez returned to competitive football in October last year, representing Barcelona in the El Clasico encounter against Real Madrid.