My CNN Op-ed: Luis Suarez: Do sporting suspensions work?

Greetings all! Please check out my new op-ed feature for on the sensitive topic of suspensions in professional sports. Luis Suarez is famously set to make his Barca league debut tomorrow against arch-rivals Real Madrid. How did his four month ban from playing competitively affect him?

Check out the link below. Pls share, tweet, like, etc, and have an awesome weekend. The match is on at 5pm UK time tomorrow, should be a ‘classico’!

Luis Suarez: Do sporting suspensions work?

By Motez Bishara, special to CNN
October 24, 2014 — Updated 1015 GMT (1815 HKT)

(CNN) — Although he’s vowed to keep his famous chops to himself, the world will soon find out if Luis Suarez can keep bagging goals without literally leaving his mark on defenders.

This weekend, the 27-year-old forward will complete his four-month ban for a third on-pitch biting offense, and could make his Barcelona debut in the battle known as “El Clasico” against Real Madrid on Saturday.

“Don’t worry, I won’t do that again,” the gifted Uruguayan promised, soon after arriving at his new club.

But will he?

How players are affected when they face lengthy suspensions can vary between recovery and meltdown depending on their support network, according to football insiders.

And surprisingly often, that support network is lacking.

“If someone has done this a third time, I’m not sure he can change so easily without addressing the issue,” says Roger Barnes, founder of London-based agency Sports Management International.

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