Uruguay's Luis Suarez gives a thumbs-up from a balcony of the team's hotel in Natal (Reuters)
After the news that Luis Suarez has been banned for nine international games and from all 'football activities' for four months, we knew that there would be some careful and measured reaction on the internet.
Suarez, after all, is a man that people generally don't have very strong feelings about. Few hate him, few love him, and most can simply take or leave him.
The go-to place in moments like this is @RAWK_Meltdown, which collates the most 'out there' reactions from Liverpool fan forums, and they had a field day on Thursday.
(FIFA ban Suarez) Uruguay should pull out of the world up in protest.
— RAWK Meltdown (@RAWK_Meltdown) June 26, 2014
(FIFA ban Suarez) Luis has gotten unfair and double standard because he is luis suarez. — RAWK Meltdown (@RAWK_Meltdown) June 26, 2014
think we should refuse to allow any player to join a fifa/uefa sanctioned event unless we are covered at their expense for what ever reason — RAWK Meltdown (@RAWK_Meltdown) June 26, 2014
(Suarez) LFC transform him in to an award winning player then FIFA punish them! Bonkers. — RAWK Meltdown (@RAWK_Meltdown) June 26, 2014
...but among all that, you have to admire the optimism...
(FIFA ban Suarez) Back in time for the title run in and CL double — RAWK Meltdown (@RAWK_Meltdown) June 26, 2014
There was also some speculation over what exactly Suarez will be banned from.
FIFA confirm Suarez will be sent to bed with no supper tonight and he's only allowed to play PES til November. — Kop 305 (@Kop305) June 26, 2014
(FIFA ban Suarez) Is he allowed to play FIFA? — RAWK Meltdown (@RAWK_Meltdown) June 26, 2014
Suarez goes outside for a kick-about with his kid and the FIFA representative emerges from the bushes, tutting. — pauliegunn (@PaulGunning1) June 26, 2014
Fifa official pulling out the plug from the back of the TV & shaking his head disappointedly as Suarez watches SPL Round-Up on Sky Sports 3
— Mike Edwards (@_MikeEdwards) June 26, 2014
Still, while all that was pretty unpleasant, a more heart-warming sight was the celebrations of Algerian fans all around the world, after they qualified for the second phase in Brazil. In Marseille...
— Nik Richie (@nikrichie) June 26, 2014
...and of course in Algiers...
— Gulf News Sport (@GulfNewsSport) June 26, 2014
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