FC Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez has recalled a time when he felt he was treated as if he had failed a doping test.
The forward is set to return to the Uruguay national team after nearly two years, following his ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Speaking about his suspension, Suarez has suggested the punishment he received was unfair.
"I was treated worse than a hooligan, because banning someone from a football match, a training session, is just incomprehensible," he told El Observador.
"Four months without being able to play a competitive game and a two-year international ban is too much.
"It just doesn't make sense. It's almost worse than if I'd failed a doping test."
The Barca No. 9 is excited to be back on the international stage, though.
"It's been such a long time so I'm obviously very keen, but I'm also relieved that it's finally all over," he added.
"The worst is behind me and now it's time to enjoy playing for Uruguay again, which is what I've spent so long waiting for."
Suarez will be hoping to translate his club form to his national team – he has already found the net 43 times for the Blaugrana this season.
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