LONDON (AP) — Luis Suarez damaged the reputation of English football with his serial offending and his departure to the Spanish league is not being mourned, the head of the Premier League said on Wednesday.
"He's done his time here ... I can't say I'm sorry to see him go," was the frank assessment of Richard Scudamore, chief executive of the world's most lucrative league, about one of the best players to have played in England's top division.
Liverpool sold Suarez to Barcelona for $130 million in July, soon after the player was given a four-month worldwide ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup.
The Uruguay international previously served two long suspensions for the same offense, once in the Premier League after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April 2013, and was banned in 2011 for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a league match.
"He's a great player and I'm not taking anything away from his talents — he was voted by both his own players and the media last year the player of the year and deservedly so," Scudamore said of the Premier League's top scorer last season.
"He's great to have but an accident waiting to happen, and if you spend your time trying to promote what's good about the Premier League, you're always waiting for the next thing to come along."
Scudamore said the latest biting incident involving Suarez, which happened during Uruguay's World Cup group game against Italy, "clearly . reflected on Liverpool as one of our great clubs. And it reflected on us (the Premier League)."
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