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Liverpool manager criticizes Suarez punishment

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

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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.

Suarez bit Branislav Ivanovic during Sunday's 2-2 draw against Chelsea. Rodgers says his player received ``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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