Sometimes, Luis Suarez cannot get enough of his opponents on the soccer field. So, he takes it a bit farther and bites them.
In Uruguay’s Group D match against Italy to see who would advance to the Round of 16, Suarez sank his teeth into the third opponent of his career. Right in front of Italy’s goal, Suarez bit Italy’s Chiellini.
The striker tried to defend himself to avoid receiving a ban from FIFA. He claimed to have lost balance, causing him to fall and hit his opponent’s shoulder, which left a bit mark. Suarez stated he was left with a bruised cheek and pain in his teeth.
Unfortunately for Suarez, FIFA did not go along with what the Uruguayan had to say. Suarez was issued a ban from soccer for four months as well as a fine for 100,000 Swiss francs, or approximately $112,000.
After Uruguay was eliminated by Colombia, Suarez took to social media to make an apology.
On Twitter, Suarez said, “The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me. For this: I deeply regret what occurred. I apologize to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family.”
He ended the post with, “I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this.”
As mentioned earlier, this is the third time in his career Suarez has bitten an opponent. This sort of incident first occurred in 2010 while playing for Ajax in the Dutch Football Federation. Suarez bit PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal and received a seven-game ban.
The second bite occurred in April 2013 while on the field with Liverpool. He bit Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea. This time, the English Premier League handed down a 10-game ban.
Although Suarez cannot play for four months, he can still move teams. There is word that Suarez will join FC Barcelona in Spain. The deal will include a “no bite clause.”
Although Suarez claims this sort of incident will not happen again, fans may not trust the three-time offender. One must question if we’ll ever see another bite from Suarez.