Luis Suarez takes the prize – Chelsea banned from event
Controversial striker Luis Suarez has been voted player of the year by his fellow Premier League stars, writes Steve Bates in The Sunday People.
The entire Liverpool squad will show up at the Professional Football Association awards dinner in London on Sunday night. However, while Brendan Rodgers and his team have been given the go-ahead to attend, Jose Mourinho has BANNED any of his Chelsea players from turning up.
‘The Moody One’ has told his players they should not attend the special event, where team-mate Eden Hazard was nominated for the main prize. The gala dinner doesn’t break The Blues’ 48-hour curfew rule ahead of their game against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, but Mourinho has still put a block on them attending.
Chelsea did have a table booked at the event, but Mourinho wants his players in training early on Monday morning to begin masterminding a win over Madrid.
That is in stark-contrast to Brendan Rodgers, who has arranged a major night out for his squad. The players and their wives will fly down to London for the event after Liverpool’s title crunch match at Anfield against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. They will see their world-class striker Suarez claim this season’s well deserved PFA Player Of The Year awar, completing his rehabilitation in the eyes of his team mates, after several past ugly incidents.
Suarez was banned for 8 games and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Patrice Evra in 2011, and then banned for a further 10 games last year after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic during a heated contest at Anfield.
But since returning from that suspension last September, he has scored 30 goals in 30 games to boost Liverpool’s title charge.
By Ben Kelly
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