By now you must all be aware of the saga regarding Liverpool, Arsenal and Luis Suarez, unless of course you live under a rock. I am not here to speculate on the likeliness of this transfer going through or even to analyse what he’d bring to the team. I am here to defend my beloved football club.
Arsenal and Wenger in particular have been receiving a lot of stick from the both the media and Liverpool as a whole with Brendan Rodgers even going as far as branding Arsene as ”classless”. First of all, let me examine what is considered wrong when pursuing a player, tapping up. For those who do not know, tapping up is when a club is chasing a player contracted to another club and makes it public either through the coach, players or any affiliate of that club. The most notorious culprits have always been the Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
In this case not only are Arsenal innocent of this, but it is Liverpool who publicized our bids despite the protests by Wenger. Let me remind you that Wenger hasn’t even referred to Suarez by name in any of his interviews so far. And then Brendan has the audacity to refer to him as classless. As far as the 40,000,001 pound bid is concerned, a team can bid whatever amount for a player. It is well within their rights simply because valuation of a player is almost purely a matter of opinion, unless there is a release clause in the contract. Which brings me to my next point.
I am of the opinion that everything Brendan and Liverpool are doing to paint Arsenal in a bad light are for the purpose of stopping this transfer. But the question here is this; who are the real villains in all this? Is it Arsenal, Liverpool or Suarez? In my opinion, the blame lies squarely on Liverpool and here’s why: The point of contention in all this is the presence (or lack thereof) the 40M pound clause that had been agreed upon between Liverpool and Suarez before he signed his deal. Suarez clarifies that before he signed the deal, he insisted on a clause that stated that if Liverpool do not qualify for the champions league in the 2012-13 season, they would allow him to go to a champions league team as long as that team offered above 40M. Liverpool are now insisting that that offer only obliges them to notify him of the bid.
What is clear here is that there was an agreement between the two that they’d sell him him for 40M to a champions league team if they didn’t qualify. I am actually pretty well versed in legal matters being that my father and brother are both lawyers, so I do know that the exact wording of a clause in any contract is vital. The idea here is that Liverpool agreed to these terms (be it verbally or in the clause) before Suarez signed it. This means that by reneging on it now, they broke the promise they made to Suarez. Like I said, the wording of the clause is vital BUT the fact remains that Suarez signed this contract knowing that these were the terms. Now on a legal standpoint it I can’t say much because I haven’t seen the clause. I also do not know how the law works there.
However, in Kenya, and as I am told in the USA, because Suarez signed the contract knowing that those were the terms, by refusing him this transfer Liverpool acted in bad faith. This means that Suarez could sue them and if he has evidence of the agreement (whether verbal or written) his contract with Liverpool would be nullified. On a moral standpoint, Liverpool conned Suarez into signing that contract if they knew they wouldn’t uphold their end of the bargain. The fact remains that all the conditions of the agreement have been met as LFC did not qualify for the CL, Arsenal are in the CL and Arsenal’s bid exceeds 40M pounds.
To conclude, it is easy to castigate Suarez based on his moral history but in this case I side with him completely, and not just because I am a Gooner. It is as if at your work place your boss promises you a pay rise if you meet a certain level of performance, and you work your socks off to achieve that. But when you do get there, he goes back on his word. If I was Suarez, I would have done the exact same thing. Even worse. And as for Liverpool, let Suarez go, or not, but they need to stop using Arsenal as a scapegoat for their misdeeds.
Written by: Marcus