Uruguay striker Luis 'The Cannibal' Suarez strikes again 0
Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Uruguay and Italy at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014. Italy's Giorgio Chiellini accused Suarez of biting his shoulder. (REUTERS/Yves Herman)
The man who has become known in soccer circles as The Cannibal has struck again.
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez may be in trouble yet again when he appeared to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder late Tuesday’s World Cup match.
Uruguay went on to eliminate Italy with a 1-0 win.
Suarez and Chiellini came together in front of the Italy net and Suarez clearly dipped his head into Chiellini’s shoulder.
Chiellini suddenly swung his arm around and both went down.
Chiellini grabbed his shoulder. He jumped up and pulled his jersey down his shoulder and ran to the official to show him the injury. Replays clearly showed three puncture marks on the shoulder.
Chiellini confirmed after the game that he had been bitten.
“Not sending off Suarez (was) ridiculous. It was absolutely clear. There's even a mark,” Chiellini said.
Italian newspapers swiftly attacked Suarez.
“Dracula Suarez is back,” was the headline of one story.
“Tell me Suarez didn't eat someone ...was the hero a couple of days ago,” former England international Rio Ferdinand tweeted.
It’s the third time Suarez has bitten an opponent in a match.
Suarez was banned for seven games by the Netherlands football federation in 2010 after biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal in a league match when he played for Ajax.
After he joined Liverpool, Suarez bit Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in 2013 and was banned for 10 games.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabaraz wasn’t troubled by Suarez having gnawed at an opponent.
“The players and fans love Suarez. This is the World Cup,” Tabaraz said. “It’s not about morality that’s worth four cents.
“Suarez, besides the mistakes he might have made, is the preferred target of certain media.”
FIFA bylaws indicate a player can be banned up to 24 games for what Suarez has done.
Chiellini doesn’t believe Suarez will have anything happen to him.
“Suarez will get away with it because FIFA wants its star players on the field,” Chiellini said.
Not only are players and fans outraged by Suarez’s behaviour, there have been calls from some players and officials for the striker to seek help for his apparent inability to stop chewing on opponents.