John Barnes: 'Luis Suarez bite reflects badly on him, not Liverpool'

Luis Suarez gives the thumbs up after scoring his second goal against QPR on December 30, 2012
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John Barnes believes that Liverpool's image will not be tainted by Luis Suarez's controversial bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Former Liverpool star John Barnes has rejected suggestions that Luis Suarez's controversial biting puts the club in a negative light.

The Uruguay international apologised for biting the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during the Reds' 2-2 draw at Anfield yesterday.

Following the incident, there have been suggestions that Liverpool could offload the striker in the summer transfer window due to fears of the club's image being tainted by his latest controversial actions.

"Luis Suarez has anger management problems and issues, but you have to suffer the consequences," Barnes told the BBC Radio Five Live. "People talk about it reflecting badly on the club, but that is not true.

"It reflects badly on the player concerned. In terms of people saying that he will never play again for Liverpool I don't think that is true."

The Football Association could issue a lengthy ban on Suarez as they continue to investigate the incident.

Luis Suarez moments after missing a shot on goal on November 25, 2012
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