Pedro: Suarez ban too severe

Pedro Rodriguez believes new Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez’s ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini is too excessive.

Uruguay international Suarez is currently serving a four-month suspension for biting Italy defender Chiellini during a World Cup group game.

Suarez’s £75 million move from Liverpool was confirmed on July 11, with Barca still hopeful an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport might see the ban reduced.

Pedro, though, believes world governing body FIFA have been too severe with their punishment of the 27-year-old striker.

“I think the punishment by FIFA is excessive,” the Spain international told reporters. “But we have to leave that to one side.

“He’ll be very welcome in Barcelona and the supporters will be behind him as soon as he starts playing and is giving his best for the team. I’m sure he will do well with Barca.”

post by Funsho Fagbure