Update: On Thursday, June 26th, 2014 FIFA banned Luis Suárez for 9 official matches. Furthermore, the Uruguayan striker was suspended from any football related activity for 4 months. According to BBC, Suárez will miss the first nine Premier League fixtures (assuming he remains at Anfield next term). The ruling issued by the Disciplinary Committee is not final and Uruguay has 3 days to appeal.
Once again, Luis Suárez demonstrates his inability to behave
Luis Suárez, Uruguay’s finest, is in the middle of controversy after having bitten Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during a FIFA World Cup™ match in Natal, Brazil. Mexican referee Marco Rodríguez allowed the illegal action and did not even warn Suárez after the deed.
Following Suárez’s nasty action, Chiellini ran after the Mexican referee to try to show him the teeth mark he got, but Uruguayan players attempted to get Chiellini to cover his shoulder.
Referees have shown a poor display during most of the group stage matches so far and clearly, there is a lot to be done in that department. On the other hand, Suarez’s disgraceful move is not new in the football scene, given his record of racial abuse and violence, mostly in European football. Let us not forget, Suárez illegally handled the ball in the box 4 years ago, also during a World Cup match.
Reuters recalls some of the history behind the “cannibal of Ajax”:
Suarez was banned for 10 games last year after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League game and in 2010 he was suspended for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax Amsterdam.
Four years ago he missed Uruguay’s World Cup semi-final against the Netherlands after being sent for a handball on the line that denied Ghana what would have been a match-winning goal in the final minute of extra time in a last-eight match. Nick Mulvenney.
I can safely repeat what I have said before, regarding this offender: Luis Suárez is a disgrace and he should be banned for good. He has repeatedly shown disregard for Fair Play and the most basic social interaction rules, so he has no place in any professional sport whatsoever.
In the bright side of the story, we have some hilarious tweets regarding Suárez’s actions, like the next one, my personal favourite:
If Suarez really did have Italian for dinner, just be glad he didn’t go for the meatballs #LikeMommaUsedToMake
— Herbert Burgerpants (@GoonerGimli) June 24, 2014
Uruguay will face Group C winners (most likely Colombia) on Saturday, June 28th in Estadio do Maracanã, hopefully, without Luis Suárez on the pitch.
June 24th, 2014.