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Suarez 'treated like a murderer'

ESPN staff
July 23, 2014
Luis Suarez is currently serving a four-month ban for the incident at the World Cup © Getty Images

Iago Aspas believes his former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez has been "treated like a murderer" by FIFA.

Suarez is serving a four-month worldwide ban from football-related activity after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match.

The ban does not apply to transfers, meaning Uruguay international was able to complete a £75 million move to Barcelona last week.

But Suarez cannot play for Barcelona, train with his team-mates or even attend their matches until late October.

He was also barred from attending the press conference held by Barca to announce his arrival. Aspas, who completed a season-long loan move from Liverpool to Sevilla on Monday, believes that the striker has been treated harshly.

"They are treating Luis like a murderer and not like a footballer," Aspas told Spanish radio Cadena COPE.

"There are murderers who pay less for what they have done. To not let him be presented by Barcelona, to train or to enter the stadium is too much."

Aspas, 26, struggled to make an impact on Merseyside following his £7.7m move from Celta Vigo in 2013.

He made just five Premier League starts last season, with his only goal for the club coming in a 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Oldham on January 4.

"Liverpool had a great season and I learned a lot from my team-mates," he added.

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