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Alex Ferguson and Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez - the good and the bad of Premier League action

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Many years ago Fergie had his own flawed genius in Eric Cantona, a man capable of great goals a la Van Persie and stupid actions a la Suarez.

Ferguson stood by Cantona and Liverpool will stand by Suarez. That’s the way football works, but it doesn’t make it right.

If Liverpool’s American owners really care about the game, if they really want to make an impact on English football they will sell Suarez now.

They won’t be short of takers and it will hurt them as a team, but it could make them as a club. Surely that has to count for something on Merseyside.

Sideline Views
HURLING: Kilkenny won a big game without Brian Cody on Sunday which proves that his selectors Martin Fogarty and Michael Dempsey know what they are doing. But they are also neither brave nor stupid as Dempsey revealed when asked if either of them was prepared to wear Cody’s bainisteoir (manager) top for the game. Dempsey smiled as he insisted, “Neither of us are that brave that we’d wear the bib in his absence.” Cody may be back for the final but his stamp was certainly all over Sunday’s win.

GAA: Interesting story in Kerry, where a member of the traveling community has claimed he was verbally abused during a recent game between his club Listowel Emmets and Clounmacon. Eddie Joe Walsh complained to the Kerry County Board about the incident which would be classified as racism in any other country. The county board needs to take firm action in the case – and needs to be seen to take firm action.

SOCCER: Having secured two tickets for the game the other day, I am looking forward to the Ireland-England match at Wembley at the end of May.  I am also intrigued by the suggestion from the English FA that 5,000 Irish fans will join me on the trek to London. I’d say the Green Army will take up at least half the stadium. And we’ll win the singing if nothing else!

GAA: TV caught the Luis Suarez bite on Sunday as it happened. The GAA can’t find any footage of the infamous bite on Donegal’s Paddy McBrearty during their recent NFL game. The Dubs star in question may be lucky that Sky aren’t even remotely interested in a National Football League game in Ballybofey!
SOCCER: Cork City were three minutes away from the Setanta Cup final on Monday night when Billy Dennehy scored the last minute goal that earned Shamrock Rovers a final date against Drogheda next month. Dennehy’s goal sent the Hoops through on the away goals rule but worse still -- he’s a Kerryman!

GOLF: Great win by Graeme McDowell in North Carolina on Sunday, night but what about the jacket he was presented with afterwards! The tartan made him look like a Bay City Rollers fan, and those old enough will know that’s nothing to boast about.

SOCCER: The official Twitter accounts for FIFA and president Sepp Blatter were hacked on Monday, and the results were hilarious as the hackers posted many of the allegations made against world soccer’s governing body as fact. Maybe they were.

SOCCER: Congratulations to Neil Lennon and Celtic on winning another Scottish title. Let’s hope next season is a bit more competitive on the domestic front for the Bhoys.

RUGBY: Joe Schmidt is interested in the Ireland coaching job. The IRFU seem to want the Leinster boss for the Ireland job. So just do it as the ad says.

HERO OF THE WEEK
CYCLING has had more than its fair share of problems of late, but Ireland’s Dan Martin has restored faith in the sport with his heroics in the Tour of Catalonia and his win in the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Classic on Sunday. Stephen Roche’s nephew is the first Irishman to win the Liege race since Sean Kelly, and he has a great future ahead of him in the saddle. His sport needs heroes and he may just fit the bill as far as Irish cycling is concerned.

IDIOT OF THE WEEK
LIVERPOOL striker Luis Suarez bit the Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the pitch on Sunday, then showed us all he can play football with a great equalizer in the 2-2 draw at Anfield. He deserves credit for the goal – and a lengthy ban for the disgraceful bite. Suarez let his club down again on Sunday, and they really should get rid of him.

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