A WEARSIDE anger management specialist says footballer Luis Suarez could have been misdiagnosed in the past.
Last year, the Professional Football Association’s (PFA) offered anger management counselling to support the Liverpool and Uruguay striker when he was banned for 10 games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.
Fifa have now started disciplinary proceedings after he appeared to bite Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup clash on Tuesday and he faces being kicked out of the tournament.
But David Cliff, managing director of Houghton-based firm Gedanken, said the PFA may not have given him the right treatment initially. David said: “Biting is not necessarily an angry response, it is a primal behaviour.
“It is associated with territorial marking, power relationships, arousal, distress and sometimes even developmental issues or undiagnosed conditions such as high-functioning autism.
“There are many possible explanations for biting, but anger is not always high among them.
“If you look at the Suarez footage from the Ivanovic incident in particular, he isn’t even looking at the other player and he doesn’t break the skin, which could be associated with animal ‘clamping’, which is definitely not the angry response one can sometimes see in contact sports.”
Gedanken offers a wide range of support to individuals and companies, from coaching to anger management.
David added: “There are many possible reasons why a person may bite someone.
“To focus upon anger management without exploring all avenues may prove a waste of time and money, with no resolution of the real problems, and if it is proved that Suarez has bitten another player, that looks like it will have been the case.”