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Now top football lesson: kick, don’t bite?



Chiellini: closeup of Suarez's fangmarks

Chiellini: closeup of Suarez’s fangmarks

Known for his antics and superficial dives, Luis Suarez one again found himself biting another human being during the Uruguay-Italy match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This time, the victim is Italian centre-back Giorgio Chiellini. It`s the Liverpool players third attempt to make a meal out of a fellow player.

Following his infamous goal-line handball against at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Suarez bit Otman Bakkal of PSV Eindhoven as a Ajax player. After serving a seven-match ban, he arrived in England as one of the best strikers in the world. During a Premier League game for Liverpool, he for the second time, bit Chelsea`s Branislav Ivanovic. The English FA handed a 10-match suspension. Notably, Suarez himself told reporters after the game in question that “there are things that happen on a pitch” and that “you should not make a big deal of them”, in what is the surest sign yet that he has no concept of right or wrong on a football pitch.

But in many ways, it is hard to completely blame him. After all, every time he has stepped so grievously out of line in the past, he has had people pat him on the back, convince him he is being harshly treated and make sure he gets back to scoring goals quick smart.

In 2013, Suarez was banned for 10 games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. The reaction? Manager Brendan Rodgers said the FA’s punishment “has been against the man rather than the incident” and stated he cannot help his “winning mentality”, while Suarez issued his version of an apology which included the line “10 games is clearly greater than those bans given in past cases where players have actually been seriously injured”.

For the Chiellini biting, FIFA has already opened a disciplinary proceedings against the 27-year-old player and faces a lengthy ban for 24 matches or upto two years if he is found guilty. FIFA said that it would “gather all the necessary elements in order to evaluate the matter”. Giorgio Chiellini said that “It was clear-cut. It was ridiculous not to send him off.” Interestingly, despite all the controversies, Suarez was voted PFA and Footballer Writers’ Association footballer of the year for an impressive season with Liverpool. And many had thought that Suarez’s a reformed person, until his dig into the Italian defender.


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