Showing the strain: A concerned-looking Luis Suarez turns to his wife for support just hours before deadline to appeal bite charges

By Fay Strang

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He made headlines earlier this week due to his controversial bite on Branislav Ivanovic.

But ahead of his deadline to meet with the Football Association to discuss his charges on Tuesday afternoon Luis Suarez was spotted trying to take his mind off things.

The Liverpool striker turned to his wife Sofia Balbi in his hour of need and the couple clearly decided there’s nothing better than a little food for thought as they made their way to lunch in Liverpool.

Lean on me: Luis Suarez was seen looking concerned as he went to lunch with wife Sofia Balbi in Liverpool on Tuesday

Lean on me: Luis Suarez was seen looking concerned as he went to lunch with wife Sofia Balbi in Liverpool on Tuesday

However while the lunch at San Carlo may have been intended to lighten the mood the 26-year-old seemed rather preoccupied.

 

 

Attempting to go unnoticed he wore a grey hooded jumper pulled up over his head, which he teamed with casual jeans and trainers.

He couldn’t have been missed though as he was joined by his wife who stood out in a bright pink blazer.

Worried: Luis made his way to meet his wife for support before his meeting at 6pm

Worried: Luis made his way to meet his wife for support before his meeting at 6pm

Head down: Suarez seemed keen to go unnoticed as they made their way to the restaurant

Head down: Suarez seemed keen to go unnoticed as they made their way to the restaurant

Looking rather glamorous she wore a pair of skintight black jeans and top with patent black heels. 

Her long blonde hair was worn loose and in a side parting, while she appeared to be quite made-up.

Luis no doubt felt like Sofia was the best person to take his mind of things as she knows him better than anyone being his childhood girlfriend who became his wife in 2009.

Holding on: The striker put his arm around his wife's shoulder as she chatted to him

Holding on: The striker put his arm around his wife's shoulder as she chatted to him

Words of wisdom? It looked like Sofia was trying to reassure her husband

Words of wisdom? It looked like Sofia was trying to reassure her husband

But it seems Luis was right to be worried as when he arrived at the FA meeting later that day he accepted his charge of violent conduct.

An independent regulatory commission will now meet via video conference to decide on his punishment. 

While he accepted that charge, he insisted that the three-match ban is sufficient punishment for the incident, despite the FA believing otherwise. 

Standing out: While Luis opted for casual clothes his wife stood out in a bright pink blazer

Standing out: While Luis opted for casual clothes his wife stood out in a bright pink blazer

Cheer up: The WAG seemed intent on cheering up her husband who looked very concerned

Cheer up: The WAG seemed intent on cheering up her husband who looked very concerned

The FA, which had given Suarez until 6pm to answer the charge, felt a mandatory three-match ban would not be sufficient punishment for this offence and it is likely he will receive a suspension similar to the seven games he served during his time at Ajax, when he bit PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal.

Luis bit Ivanovic on the arm midway through the second half of the Liverpool vs Chelsea game on Sunday, which saw the controversial Uruguayan forward score in the 97th minute to snatch Liverpool a point.

On Monday he apologised to Ivanovic, who suffered a bruised arm from the bite, and the Chelsea defender has acknowledged the apology.

Liverpool moved quickly to deal with the latest crisis surrounding their star striker and imposed a club fine which is being donated to the Hillsborough families' support group.

Ouch: Luis Suarez bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during the match on Sunday

Ouch: Luis Suarez bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during the match on Sunday


 

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I seem compelled to sing Nelly Furtado's 'Man-eater' song whenever I see this man......

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With Hampsteads like that, anyone walking past is in danger of being bit!

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A big fuss over nothing. It's not as bad as some of the potentially career threatening tackles that go virtually unpunished. The FA are a complete clueless joke. It's not pleasant but blown out of proportion. (am not a Liverpool fan but a man utd season ticket holder so no bias!)

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He is his own worse enemy.

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3 match ban, a joke, the FA obviously can't afford to upset these overpaid cry babies, in case they stop coming to the Premiership and then can't charge Sky and BT millions for TV rights. CONFLICT OF INTERESTS !!

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I don't approve in any way of what Suarez did, but what annoys me is: What happened to Defoe when he bit Mascherano during game........NOTHING. What is the difference!?!?! Yes Surez has anger issues but a 10 match ban.....that's a bit strong.

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That guy has a serious set of gnashers on him. Imagine being bitten by him!

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He has bitten off more than he can chew.

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one thing about these footballers today, when they feel a bit down in the dumps kinda, they just look a their bank accounts to ease the gloom

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10 match ban ... maybe he will think twice befor he does it again ... the idiot

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