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Luis Suarez’s apparent bite of Italian player could lead to long ban

Published on: 24 June 2014
Luis Suarez

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez could once again be in trouble and facing a long ban after appearing to bite an Italian opponent Tuesday in a key World Cup group game.

The incident, visible on television replays, showed Suarez apparently bite the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini as the pair clashed in the Italian penalty area. It happened about a minute before Uruguay scored in the 81st to secure a 1-0 win, sending Italy out of the tournament.

Suarez was chasing the ball and was blocked by the Italy defender. He buried his mouth briefly in Chiellini’s shoulder and the Italian player fell over, apparently in pain and clutching the shoulder. The Suarez reeled away holding his mouth.

It is the third biting incident involving the talented but controversial striker, who has also been banned for racist abuse and was heavily criticized for a blatant handball that played a large role in knocking Ghana out of the 2010 World Cup.

Chiellini confirmed after the game that he had been bitten.

“... not sending off Suarez (was) ridiculous,” Chiellini said. “It was absolutely clear. There’s even a mark.”

The 27-year-old Suarez has a history of disciplinary problems.

He was banned for seven matches by the Netherlands football federation in 2010 after biting PSV Eindhoven player Otman Bakkal in a league match when he played for Ajax.

After joining Liverpool in England’s Premier League, he bit Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic in 2013 and was banned for 10 games.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said he didn’t see the alleged bite and repeatedly declined to comment.

“If it happened, the referee probably didn’t see it,” said Tabarez, who went on to defend his star forward.

“Aside from the mistakes he might’ve made, Suarez is the favourite target of certain media, certain press, which give much more importance to an alleged mistake that he might’ve committed than to the things for which he’s in football.”

Tabaraez said Saurez was a “a very important player for us, a very important person for us.”

“And I want to say that if he’s attacked, as it has begun in this press conference, we’ll also defend him, because this is a football World Cup, not of cheap morality,” he said.

FIFA vice-president Jim Boyle said on British television that Suarez had let himself down again.

“There is no doubt Luis Suarez is a fantastic footballer but, once again, his actions have left him open to severe criticism,” Boyle, who is also chairman of the FIFA referees’ committee, said from his home in Northern Ireland. “FIFA must investigate the incident seriously.”

FIFA can sanction players with bans of up to two years if its disciplinary commission decides there is a case to answer.

Chiellini did everything he could during the match to bring the alleged bite to the referee’s attention.

The Italian player protested loudly, and pulled his shirt off his shoulder to point out to the referee what appeared to be a mark, but no immediate action was taken on the field.

In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Suarez was sent off in the quarter-final against Ghana for handling the ball on the goal-line in the last seconds of extra time. He was sent off, but Uruguay won the game in a penalty shootout to reach the semifinals.

FIFA, the game’s world governing body, had no immediate comment but was believed to be preparing a statement on the incident.

Earlier this year, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said video evidence “can contribute greatly to fair play, provided the sport’s disciplinary bodies are prepared to use it — and they should.”

Blatter wrote that, “if the referee does not see unsporting conduct ... during the course of a match, we can come back to it later.”


This article has 28 comment(s), give your comment
  • nab says:
    June 24, 2014 10:32 pm
    **** the Fifa, you better introduce a video reply to avoid such a stupid decision at the world cup. My heart goes to cote d'voire.
  • jeff says:
    June 24, 2014 10:41 pm
    FIFA DOESNT WANT AFRICA AT THE WORLD CUP,just like foolish caf favour west afticans at the Afcon or qualifiers
  • CAP'N PLANET says:
    June 24, 2014 10:43 pm
  • peedy says:
    June 24, 2014 11:12 pm
    jeff ur mother pussy!!! **** u who gve u motherfucker park idiot
  • askantwi says:
    June 24, 2014 10:31 pm
    What's wrong with YOU? It's apparent you don't see anything wrong with Suarez general behavior. Shame on you.
  • Don says:
    June 24, 2014 10:24 pm
    What a disgrace to this site. Somebody commented by insulting the whole of West Adrican and have refused to post my commence on that guy. Wow this wil never happen on America.why do you look down upon your fellow Africans and give credit to foreigners who don't respect you even for a second? I will take this up. You can decide to paste this or not. You wil hear from me back
  • Blow says:
    June 24, 2014 11:34 pm
    Never accuse Suarez alone, Uruguayan players are the same bunch of cheats. Black Stars must be careful at future encounters.
  • selfmade says:
    June 25, 2014 12:25 am
    FIFA must punish this guy severily because he is making a mockery of the beautiful game! In boxing,if boxer bites, his license is revoked and can sometimes face legal actions and I don't understand why FIFA always condone these acts in football! FIFA should ban this dude for the rest of the tourannment and chiellini should sue him for causing bodily damage!
  • Benito says:
    June 24, 2014 10:16 pm
    Pluck out these long teeth that wants to bite anything in sight.
  • jeff says:
    June 24, 2014 10:23 pm
    Banger,,you dont know meeee? Tel me what else does ghana have apart from dirty insults?Tel me which SA national would like to stay in ghana or west africa and for what reason???? Ghanians are paying big time in cape town for what u guys did to our beloved made our bros train in a fucking car park...
  • banger says:
    June 24, 2014 10:01 pm
    You are mad Jeff.**** you.
  • jeff says:
    June 24, 2014 10:00 pm
    Banger,it seems insults is part of the name your mother gave you right?? Whats wrong with you west Africans?
  • Don says:
    June 24, 2014 10:13 pm
    Jeff, You must wise up and learn how to talk.the fact that somebody is telling the truth means he is from West African. Is not your fault. You must be from a jungle somewhere in South America where is difficult to segregate humans from other mammals. Think before you post something on this site. You don't belong here if you fail to do that. Shame!!!
  • Don says:
    June 24, 2014 10:28 pm
    Is not your fault Jeff or whatever. May Hod forgive u
  • 3TA PUI says:
    June 25, 2014 12:51 am
  • Benito says:
    June 25, 2014 12:53 am
    Now the whole world is looking at FIFA,what action they gonna take.this is the 3rd time this guy has tried to "eat" a player ,it's a shame.this so called "FIFA players" think they are untouchable,this could be a criminal's disgusting,kids all over watching this.
  • Don says:
    June 24, 2014 10:15 pm
    Jeff, You must wise up and learn how to talk.the fact that somebody is telling the truth means he is from West Africa? Is not your fault. You must be from a jungle somewhere in South America where is difficult to segregate humans from other mammals. Think before you post something on this site. You don't belong here if you fail to do that. Shame!!!
  • Capo di Capi says:
    June 24, 2014 09:41 pm
    What the hell is wrong with this guy? Hmmm! He must serve a ban for "dracolius" behavior.
  • banger says:
    June 24, 2014 09:50 pm
  • clai says:
    June 25, 2014 01:51 am
    what a coward?
  • GHANAMAN says:
    June 25, 2014 03:13 am
    Jealousy go kill you mouhahaha you want it or not Ghana is an african giant period go cry in your mothers pants,you pot of bitterness forza Ghana.
  • Steezy says:
    June 25, 2014 03:37 am
  • selfmade says:
    June 25, 2014 04:26 am
    FIFA has already started investigation into this shameful behaviour by this carnivores monster and his minimum bam be 2 solid years from all football competitions! He did it against a poor Ghana but now he has met his match and even if FIFA doesn't do nothing about this despicable behavior, the ITALIAN MAFIAS OR MOB LL PUNISH THIS DUDE SEVERILY AND IN A MOST PAINFUL WAY! He ll see what ll happen to him and his family! There are some countries u don't play with them and one of such country is Italy! Another one is Russia! Russians and Italians run the most dangerous gangs and they ll punish your family and leave u alone! Am not calling for anything like that bbut judging from wide world reactions and condemnations of this shameful behavior, FIFA ll finally do the right thing and ban this HUMAN EATER FOR LIFE otherwise the Italians ll take it from there! Good ridsamce for bad bullshit and karma is indeed a BITCH! This ughly monster denied Ghana a historic semi final berth in south Africa in front of millions of live audiences and jubilated about it and four yes later, his disgrace is going to be in front of another live audience and this is really a sweet REVENGE! Am just waiting patiently for the investigations and I ll jump up and down when he is ban for life!! Chiellini should sue this poor motherfucker for causing him bodily damage!!
  • rockyman says:
    June 25, 2014 08:28 am
    Jeff u r a fool what is SA do u knw foreign nationals who lives Ghana ?even Usa nationals lives here I will never live in SA for what leave this site stupid fool.
  • ginger says:
    June 25, 2014 10:24 am
    @jeff, am a nigerian nd I don't like insulting people on dis forum but ur negative comment on ghana and west african as a whole is very bad, what makes ur south africa looks so special?, goodluck jonathan recently deports about 300 south africans back to south african nd u said no any south african living in west africa, u also said caf always favor west africans, pls tell me in what context? Wether u like it or not west africa is africa football power house.. 4 west african teams are d world hope u know dat? We also have about 7 to 8 west african players playing for french national team e.g sissoko is from mali,pogba from guinea,sakho from senegal just to mention few.. South african will not qualify for next afcon mark my word bcos nigeria FA is not ready to release keshi to coach ur average players bcos ur team will downgrade his reputation
  • Capo di Capi says:
    June 25, 2014 11:09 am
    I read from BBC website that the Mexican referee is nickname "the Dracula" no wonder he didn't send him off. I believe whenever Suarez is frustrated in a match, that's when his "animalistic" instincts comes to bare. Just look at him in photo above; is he fixing those teeth well for another bite or plucking them. Check out more photos of the incident in the link below. This serious and FIFA must act quickly.
  • Capo di Capi says:
    June 25, 2014 11:18 am
  • Tugahlito says:
    June 26, 2014 08:49 am
    Jef or wat they call yu.e bi like dog wey **** yur mama wey she born yu.wat dog name be SA ,yu fool paaa if God brought yu to ghana yu wud have been a human being not a pig.**** yu waaaa says me