Calls for ‘cheat’ Luis Suarez to be banned for life after ‘dive’ in Barcelona win over Lyon

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A FORMER Espanyol player wants Luis Suarez to be banned for life after appearing to dive against Lyon in the Champions League.

With the deadlock yet to be broken in the tie, the former Liverpool man went down under the challenge of Jason Denayer and the referee showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Luis Suarez appeared to deceive the referee into winning a penalty
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But replays showed that Suarez deceived the official by stretching out his leg to ensure the defender made contact.

VAR was used but it didn’t deter the ref’s decision and Lionel Messi sent Barca on their way from the spot.

Suarez said of the incident after the contest: “I think I stepped on the defender without meaning to and it destabilised me a little bit”.

The resounding 5-1 victory sent Catalan giants into the last eight but Suarez’s actions angered Moises Hurtado.

A former Espanyol player wants Suarez to be banned for life
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Hurtado spent eight years with Barca’s fierce rivals Espanyol and he wants to see action taken against Suarez.

Posting a message on Twitter, he wrote: “There’s L.Suárez … a player who should be banned for life for always trying to deceive – with VAR and without VAR.”

Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele all put the icing on the cake in the dominant win.

But it came with a cost with forward Dembele picking up a hamstring injury that could rule him out for the quarter-final.

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