Posted: Thursday April 25, 2013 10:25 AM

Rodgers slams severity of Luis Suarez's punishment

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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez is being victimized by English football's authorities, saying the striker's 10-match ban for biting an opponent was given "against the man rather than the incident.''

In his two years at Anfield, Suarez has also served an eight-match ban from the English Football Association for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Rodgers says he doesn't feel let down by Suarez for biting Branislav Ivanovic during Sunday's 2-2 draw against Chelsea, adding that he "has a sanction that doesn't really fit what he did.''

Rodgers was also disappointed that the punishment has "absolutely no intention towards helping a rehabilitation of the player ... Maybe he needs a bit of help.''

Liverpool has until Friday to appeal the suspension.
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