RIO DE JANEIRO — The players’ union and soccer’s governing body agree on one thing in the wake of the heavy ban imposed on Luis Suarez for his third biting incident: The Uruguay and Liverpool striker needs help.
Suarez returned to Montevideo early Friday, arriving too late to see the hundreds of Uruguay fans who had gathered the previous night to give him a hero’s welcome despite his World Cup banishment.
In Rio de Janeiro, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said a third biting incident in Suarez’s career was ‘‘unacceptable.’’
‘‘I think he should find a way to stop doing it — he should go through a treatment,’’ Valcke told reporters at Maracana Stadium, where Uruguay plays Colombia in a Round of 16 match Saturday.
The players’ union, FIFPro, came to the same conclusion but from a more sympathetic approach. FIFPro said the FIFA disciplinary panel’s ban for Suarez of nine Uruguay matches and four months from all football ‘‘infringes his right to work’’ and doesn’t offer him the treatment he needs.
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