Luis Suarez is currently under fire after he allegedly sank his teeth into Italy player Giorgio Chiellini during their last group match on Tuesday, where Italy lost 1-0 and got knocked out of the tournament.
As at the time of this report, ‘#BanSuarez’ is currently trending worldwide on Twitter as football fans and analysts call for the Uruguay and Liverpool FC striker to be banned from the World Cup by FIFA because of his unprofessional, offensive behavior.
What is irking fans the most is that after biting Chellini, Suarez played victim by falling to the ground and holding his mouth in his hands (below). To make matters worse, the referee did not see the off-the-ball incident, so Suarez walked free.
Suarez, unfortunately, has a history of biting players during important matches. In 2010, he was banned for seven games after biting Otman Bakkal, a Dutchman, while playing for Ajax against PSV Eidhoven.
Last year, he was banned for 10 games after biting Chelsea FC defender Brainslav Ivanovic, a Serbian.
Aside from the biting, Suarez has had other infamous moments on the pitch: He has been accused many times of making racially inflammatory remarks to his opponents, and in the last World Cup he was sent off after stopping Ghana’s goal with his hand during their quarter-final match. Ghana later lost the penalty and lost the game.
A spokesman for FIFA has announced that an investigation into the incident is underway.
‘There is no doubt Luis Suarez is a fantastic footballer but, once again, his actions have left him open to severe criticism,’ FIFA official Jim Boyce told BBC. ‘FIFA must investigate the incident seriously and take whatever disciplinary action is deemed necessary.’
The biting video is below.