LIVERPOOL (AP) - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez is being victimised 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".
The manager 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.