Luis Suarez , a three -time biter of opposition players , said Monday that Barcelona teammate Ousmane Dembele should be “ more responsible ” after he reportedly missed training following a marathon nocturnal video gaming session .Dembele was dropped by the Spanish champions for last week ’ s shock 4 – 3 home defeat to Real Betis following what coach Ernesto Valverde called a “ sporting assessment ” .
But sports daily As reports that the Catalans are worried not only that he might be addicted to gaming , but also that it might ruin his career at the club .
And Suarez , no stranger to disciplinary issues himself , says that the 21 -year – old France international, signed for an initial fee of 105 million euros , needed to follow the more virtuous example set by some of his Barca colleagues.
“ Ousmane knows that football is a privilege for every player , maybe he should concentrate more and be more responsible regarding certain things , ” the Uruguay striker told reporters ahead of his country ’ s clash with France at the Stade de France on Tuesday .
“ There are examples of professionalism at Barca that he can draw inspiration from . He ’ ll continue to learn , with that self -confidence that will enable him to succeed at Barcelona . ”
Suarez has attracted controversy throughout his career . He was banned for biting players during his time at Ajax — where he was nicknamed “ Cannibal ” by the Dutch press — and Liverpool .
But he most famously took a chunk out of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay ’ s final group game in the 2014 World Cup, throwing himself to the ground as Chiellini showed bite marks and Italy ’ s players protested to the referee .
Amid the chaos , Uruguay won a corner and scored the winning goal that took them through and knocked 10 – man Italy out .
Suarez was handed a record nine -game World Cup ban and barred from any football – related activity for four months by FIFA , meaning that he was unable to make his debut for Barca until late October that year .
In 2011 he was banned for eight matches by the Football Association for racially abusing Patrice Evra during a clash between Liverpool and Manchester United .
( AFP )
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