Luis Suarez, however, can and has.
Chelsea’s missed chance to keep up with their London rivals, Rafa’s return to Anfield and even Suarez’s blatant handball that generated the penalty through which Chelsea momentarily re-took the lead were all overshadowed by the Uruguayan inexplicable, maddening and vile decision to bite Branislav Ivanovic’s arm.
It was not the kind of shot Liverpool are likely to include in the next season of their documentary, nor is the Premier League likely to be willing to have Suarez’s gnarling teeth displayed on a advertising billboard anytime soon.
As the initial shock gave way to disgust, the response was unanimous – bar for the few Kopites that still adopt a Pyongyang-like approach when it comes to their club – Luis Suarez deserves a lengthy ban, perhaps even a one-way ticket to whichever team is prepared to deal with his antics.
Granted, the Uruguayan’s apologies were swift but Suarez’s behaviour on Sunday was so appalling that even Liverpool’s PR department waved the white flag when confronted with the gargantuan effort of spinning the Uruguayan’s latest offence for something not as serious as it looked.
Liverpool, after all, are the team that printed T-shirts in support of Suarez when their striker was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra, but even they left the Uruguayan on his own last night, swiftly condemning his culinary tastes.
For a club that prides itself on tradition and dignity, though, this is simply not enough. Liverpool ought to deal with the situation internally, rather than waiting for the an official hearing by the FA – which will probably lead to a farcically short sentence, anyway – which would have put some distance between the player and the club.
Throughout the season, Brendan Rodgers spoke of an agenda against the Uruguayan – seemingly ignoring the racial abuse, the unashamed cheating and the victim’s attitude Suarez displays week after week – and after yesterday’s events things are not going to get any easier.
Of course, one might say, Luis Suarez the footballer is Liverpool’s biggest asset – one worth to be a candidate for the Player of the Year Award even – but he’s increasingly becoming a detrimental figure for his club.
The problem for Liverpool is that, while Suarez is a quality footballer, they can’t guarantee him the success he craves and his technical abilities probably deserve. In fact Liverpool can just about guarantee the Uruguayan mid-table mediocrity, hardly what the former Ajax player aspires to, particularly considering that, earlier in this season, he revealed his frustration at missing out on Champions League football.
Without wanting to sound too cynical, if Luis Suarez wants out of the club, he’s adopted a rather canny, if totally deplorable, way to go about his business. Rather than simply handing in a transfer request, his on field antics are slowly forcing his club into an untenable position, and Liverpool could be forgiven for thinking to cash in on their number seven.
Should Suarez seek to export his cannibalistic preferences to the continent, the Premier League won’t miss him at all, for talent can only justify madness for so long. Adios hombre.