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Suarez doesn't need anger management therapy

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So, Luis Suarez. Man with a severe anger management issue or just someone who gets particularly peckish mid-match? Discuss.

We did, this morning, over coffee. And it made a nice change from wondering whether we’ll survive AQP or trying to establish what co-commissioning actually means.

The thing that got us all really agitated, though, was the consensus from assorted football pundits filling the morning’s radiowaves that what Luis Suarez needs is a good dose of counselling.

Ah, yes, of course. Because that’s the answer to everything, isn’t it? Which was why listening to ex-footballers cod-psychologising was reminiscent of so many consultations. There is, according to punters and their nearest and dearest, no emotional reaction so trivial, proportionate or downright normal that it couldn’t be soothed by an urgent referral to the local counselling service. Which seems odd given the whopping great DNA rate that results.

And as for Anger Management: I really have to count to 10 over this one. Look, I want to say, this is your problem, it’s in your control, and I don’t see why we should be transferring the responsibility of what you do/say to someone else. But I don’t, because experience tells me that it’s easier to fill out the form.

My consternation comes through, though. As the wife of my last patient said, ‘Don’t look so worried, doc. He may get mad but he doesn’t bite.’ Well, I wouldn’t be so sure of that.

Dr Tony Copperfield is a GP in Essex. You follow him on Twitter @DocCopperfield

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  • Vinci Ho

    For FIFA,simple : found guilty , punish heavily.
    For us , LFC, it is matter of whether to 'help' him if he admits he has a problem. Put on suspension if he disagrees with 'a plan'. Selling him should be the last resort.

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  • No other club would buy him now so he's forced to finish his career at Anfield. Punishment enough.

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  • Easy to make such a mistake, the defender's shirt said Chiellini, and I think that I once had some at an Italian restaurant . . .

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  • Wonder how much Apple paid him for that 'Suarez was here':) Maybe it was just another thing that had to happen because of the money involved. Watching the NHS matches and the rough play does make one really cynical !

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Dr Tony Copperfield is a jobbing GP in Essex with more than a few chips on his shoulder