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

Luis Suarez

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.”

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Capo di Capi says:

    What the hell is wrong with this guy? Hmmm! He must serve a ban for “dracolius” behavior.

  2. banger says:

    THE GUY NEED HELP. STUPID MOTHERFUCKER

  3. jeff says:

    Banger,it seems insults is part of the name your mother gave you right??
    Whats wrong with you west Africans?

  4. banger says:

    You are mad Jeff.fuck you.

  5. Don says:

    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!!!

  6. Don says:

    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!!!

  7. Benito says:

    Pluck out these long teeth that wants to bite anything in sight.

  8. jeff says:

    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 zambia.you made our bros train in a fucking car park…

  9. Don says:

    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

  10. Don says:

    Is not your fault Jeff or whatever.
    May Hod forgive u

  11. nab says:

    Fuck 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.

  12. jeff says:

    FIFA DOESNT WANT AFRICA AT THE WORLD CUP,just like foolish caf favour west afticans at the Afcon or qualifiers

  13. @JEFF
    WHO ARE YOU?OF COURSE,AN IGNORANT JERK.WEST AFRICA YOU TALKING ABOUT?WE FOUGHT TO LIBERATE YOU UNGRATEFUL APES.WHERE WERE YOU WHEN W.AFRICA CARRIED THE WHOLE AFRICA ON ITS TINY SHOULDERS?TELL ME WHY YOU WERE TAUGHT GHANAIAN HISTORY.DON’T EVER COME HERE INSULTING W.AFRICA COLLECTIVELY,YOU LOW DEAD BEAT OF AN AFRICAN.NO WONDER,THE MINORITY WHITE WERE ABLE TO SUBDUE YOU FOR THAT LONG.BECAUSE OF YOUR IDIOCY AND APE ANTICS THAT STREAKS THROUGH YOUR GENES.FOOL,BRING IT ON,UNCIVILIZED SOUTH EASTNERS.AFTER MANDELA,WHO ELSE DESERVES TO BE PROUDOVER THERE,TELL ME?

  14. Blow says:

    Never accuse Suarez alone, Uruguayan players are the same bunch of cheats. Black Stars must be careful at future encounters.

  15. selfmade says:

    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!

  16. 3TA PUI says:

    MESE SUREZ KORAA 3DEA N3HANOA ALWAYS USING THAT ROITING TEETH BITING

  17. Benito says:

    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 offense.it’s disgusting,kids all over watching this.

  18. selfmade says:

    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!!

  19. rockyman says:

    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.

  20. ginger says:

    @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

  21. Capo di Capi says:

    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.
    http://bbc.com/sport/football/28010944
    This serious and FIFA must act quickly.

  22. Tugahlito says:

    Jef or wat they call yu.e bi like dog wey fuck 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.fuck yu waaaa says me