Suarez has been brilliant all season but against City he was back to his sneering and indignant worst
- Luis Suarez is a nightmare for referees by going to ground
- He annoys fans with his indignant appeals
- Striker sneers and snarls at officials when decisions don’t go his way
- He is a brilliant player but a complete pain to referee for the full 90 minutes
From a referee’s point of view Luis Suarez is a problem.
If he feels he does not have a chance of scoring he will go to ground and demand a decision from you – at Anfield that applies massive pressure.
We saw during Sunday’s game examples of this when Martin Demichelis appeared to make no contact with him just outside the area and when Vincent Kompany laid a very light hand on him inside the area he went to ground on both occasions.
He screamed at the injustice when Mark Clattenburg rightly refused to give either decision his way.
If Suarez played for the team I supported then I’d love him.
He is a great finisher with pace and a single-minded mentality to score goals. He also has a great work-ethic and is a team player. He provides as many goals as he scores himself.
However, all of this comes at a price and, as a result, when he plays against you then you really don’t like him.
What really annoys fans is the way he is indignant and insists he has never done anything wrong.
When a referee does wave away those appeals he sneers and snarls at them in an aggressive manner.
The conundrum for football writers, of course, will be that he is impossible to ignore as a contender for Player of the Season and yet seemingly impossible to vote for at the same time.
From my perspective as an ex referee, while I would have found him a complete pain for the 90 minutes I was refereeing him, I would have to admit that as a supporter I would want him to play for my team.