Paul Dummett was sent off for a late tackle on Louis Suarez, on the very last day of the Premier League season on May 11th, when Newcastle lost 2-1 to Liverpool, but on appeal, the red card was overturned, and the young Newcastle left-back will not be suspended at the beginning of next season.
The badly timed tackle from Dummett on Suarez
However, Luis Suarez has broken down in training, while preparing for the World Cup with the Uruguay squad, and it’s his left knee, and in their wisdom the Uruguay FA released this statement, which has done nothing to calm the situation, and basically pinpointed the Dummett tackle as the source of Suarez’ knee problem:
“An MRI scan confirmed a partial injury to the external meniscus in his left knee. This morning, a partial removal of the meniscus was carried out via arthroscopy.”
“There is no confirmation of other issues in the knee. His participation in the World Cup in Brazil is not ruled out.”
“It should be highlighted that the player received a direct blow to his left knee in the last game of the Premier League season with Liverpool, on Sunday May 11, with pain which eased with rest from sporting action after the season had ended.”
Why they highlighted that incident in the last paragraph we have no idea, but it’s hardly being responsible.
In truth the Dummett tackle was simply an ill-timed tackle after he had been on the field for only six minutes, and that’s how the FA saw it, and why they overturned the red card.
But some Uruguayan fans have gone on social media and threatened the local Newcastle lad, with threatening tweets like the following:
“Hi Paul Dummett, from Uruguay we hope someday u come here to have a nice time w/ friends. We have things for you, like a bullet in the head,”
The Uruguay FA should release a statement and attempt to calm their fans down, before the situation gets even more out of control.
And it’s good to see that Louis Suarez has talked on the South American radio station Ovacion, and has attempted to bring some calm to the situation.
“Be calm, I am going to get there,” “Thanks for all your support. I am going to work really hard in the coming days to be at 100% and help my team-mates.”
These kinds of situations can become serious very quickly, especially with the passion that surrounds the World Cup every four years.