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"Fair ban" for Suarez, says Michael Owen

Former Liverpool footballer Michael Owen, who is in Singapore, has said Uruguay's Luis Suarez's four-month suspension from football is a "fair ban".

SINGAPORE: Former Liverpool footballer Michael Owen, who is in Singapore, has said Uruguay's Luis Suarez's four-month suspension from football is a "fair ban".

Suarez was banned after he sank his teeth into Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match.

It is the third time that Suarez has been banned for biting an opponent.

Owen, former Liverpool player, said: "I think it is a fair ban because Suarez has been guilty of doing this before -- he's done (it) twice before, this is his third time.

"So you have to keep increasing the punishment to try to deter him from doing it again.

"But my problem with the ban is that it's Liverpool... after having a very good season for Liverpool last year, you know, it's very hard for the club to take because he's their asset, he's going to be missing from their game."

He added: "And you know, from a business point of view, it's going to depreciate his value as well to the team, and if he were to be sold then it's probably going to be for less than what maybe he should be offered."

The football superstar is here for a campaign called "GOAL! All the Way" organised by Wisma Atria shopping mall.

Fans showed off their footwork at the penalty shootout simulator that was specially flown in from the UK.  

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