The headlines on Luis Suarez have gripped England, sparking reaction beyond the family of football fans.
There has been outrage in some quarters that he has not been sacked for his racist comments. All part of the game, say others, who believe the eight match ban imposed by the Football Association is too extreme.
Suarez has denied he racially abused Manchester United’s Patrice Evra on October 15.
The tone of Liverpool football club’s statement in response was one of anger, expressing surprise their player could be found guilty on the word of Patrice Evra alone. The club pointed to its long and successful track record in work relating to anti-racist activity and social inclusion.
The Uruguayan tweeted thanking people for their support.
From his international captain, Diego Lugano, there was surprise. He said the sentence has no solid arguments and that Evra is “breaking all the codes of football”.
In England the row has grown beyond the national game.