UPDATE: Uruguay’s coach says “This is a World Cup. This is not about cheap morality” when asked about the bite, deflecting the blame to British media. Watch here >
Luis Suarez is one of the best strikers in the world, but he also has a serious problem controlling himself — particularly his mouth.
Uruguay’s star player appeared to bite Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in the second half of today’s deciding Group D match. The ref didn’t see the attack, but it definitely would have resulted in a red card. Here’s full video of the incident as it happened live. You can hear the horror and disbelief in the commentators’ voices:
The replay seems to confirm their worst fears:
The other angles are also from behind, not giving us a glimpse of any mouth-to-body contact. But Chiellini attests to it:
And this does look like a bite mark:
If you didn’t know, this is kind of Suarez’s thing. In 2013, he served a 10-match Premier League ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanović. He also took a bite out of PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal in 2010, earning him the nickname “The Cannibal of Ajax” and a seven-match suspension.
A history of violence:
We were hoping Suarez was past this sort of thing, but he appears as insane and dangerous as ever. Uruguay scored just moments later and are headed to the next round, but we’d be surprised if Suarez joined them. A ban should be imminent.
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