Whilst this violent/unacceptable behaviour in sport isn't unheard of it does beg a question or comparison. For the millions of fans who adore these heroes, similar actions in their workplace would surely constitute something far more serious?
For instance; Mr Smith is sitting at his desk and it's Friday afternoon. As an editor of- let's say a national newspaper- he is frustrated at his most senior journalist. Like a monkey at a typewriter, his end of week efforts are incoherent and useless. After a heated argument and a few torn articles later Mr Smith dons his boxing gloves and...BANG! His journalist is on the floor now as useful as the typewriter sans the monkey. His punishment? Highly unlikely to be a ten-day ban on work...
Now, as a sportsman myself, I do recognise a difference between the combative arenas of sport and an oak desk. However, in principal, should such players really be paid a weekly wage eclipsing the Zimbabwean GDP? "Fines" are often a laughable proportion of their salaries and a ten-match ban affects the team more than the player. Now I do agree that they bring entertainment, passion and controversy to football but isn't it sold to the public as the "beautiful game"?
The issue with football is that it's drama. Rugby, on the other hand, is war. Paid significantly less than their round-balled counterparts, professional rugby players rely on integrity and hard work to pay off. A stamp or bite (*ahem* Hartley) will not only be rewarded with a card and fine but also be met with derive from the public. If you're lucky enough to stay on he field you'll most probably be gifted with a "rough" tackle for your troubles anyway.
I believe that it's time to really punish those who are untouchable. Yes, Suarez may have the finish of Madonna with the bite of Tyson, but he barely flinches at the sight of football law. If justice cannot be dealt on the field and a hefty pay packet keeps them smiling then punishment needs to be harder.
Lets try and make football a gentleman a game played by gentleman. Fines need to affect players as if they are but common men. They must fall from the lofty heights of Premiership football to feel punished and fans must be more critical of this behaviour.