Gordon Taylor: 'Luis Suarez needs help'

Gordon Taylor
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PFA chief Gordon Taylor says that it is important Luis Suarez receive counselling as well as punishment.

PFA head Gordon Taylor has declared that Luis Suarez is in need of counselling as well as punishment after the Liverpool striker was handed a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

The governing body's chief executive backed the Football Association's decision to impose sanctions on the player, but insisted that he should also be given help.

"The essence of justice is extremely difficult, all I know it was an extraordinary situation," he told Sky Sports News.

"It did create quite a strong feeling of condemnation, it is something we don't want in our game, it is something that has happened before which will not help and there has been other problems before which we are aware of.

"And I think there are two ways you can deal with justice, one is a sanction and deterrent, which this is definitely sending out a strong message, but what I would like to re-emphasise is that trying to get the particular player, in this case Luis Suarez, back on track and make sure there is a proper programme of counselling."

Taylor went on to say that he hopes Liverpool offers Suarez help in the form of counselling, adding that the PFA will also provide its support.

"There is a sports psychologist at Liverpool and clearly you hope there will be some renewed effort to improve matters and we have offered our help, and it is a twin approach, sanction and education to make sure it does not happen again," he added.

Suarez has until midday on Friday to appeal against the severity of the ban.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez holds his head in his hands after a missed chance during the match against Reading on April 13, 2013
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