When Luis Suarez was seen to sneak up on Italian center-back Giorgio Chiellini and bite him on the shoulder yesterday, during the Italy Uruguay group D game in the World Cup- that was the third time in his career that he has bit an opponent.
Giorgio Chiellini shows bite marks yesterday
On November 20th of 2010 it was clear that the then Ajax player had bitten PSV player Otman Bakkal on the shoulder, and for that offense he was initially suspended for two games by his club, and fined an undisclosed amount.
But then the suspension was increased to seven league matches and then a year last April he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the arm in a Premier League game, and he received a 10 match ban which went into the start of this season.
Here’s that particular bite on video:
And then amazingly in the Italy vs Uruguay game while the ball was near the touch-line, he crept up on the Italian defender and bit him on the shoulder, and there is increasing evidence – including bite marks on the Italian’s shoulder – to suggest that’s exactly what the Uruguayan did.
Not only should he have been sent off in the game to even it up at 10 men each, but FIFA have announced they have opened an inquiry into the matter, and are studying all the available evidence.
And don’t forget this was in front of a watching world of millions and millions – and does not reflect well on the game of football – talk about bringing the game into disrepute.
Suarez should be in deep trouble, and another 10 or 15 match ban is not enough and FIFA – if they have the guts – should suspend this player immediately – and maybe not let him play again until next year.
He’s a serial biter.
The penalty needs to be heavy – because obviously the cumulative suspension of 17 games has not fixed his problem of taking a bite out of opposing players.
It’s time for FIFA to show some courage and fortitude and do the right thing – and quickly too.
Written from London, England.