The ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been short of controversies, save only for the odd decision by referees to award penalties or bookings, or lack thereof.
But that all changed on Wednesday evening. It all started in the 22nd minute when Mario Balotelli, a player who by no means has a saint-esque reputation, made one of the silliest fouls this year’s World Cup has witnessed. The Palermo-born striker soared into the air, both feet airborne and viciously caught Alvaro Perreira at the back of the head with the Urguayan perhaps lucky to have escaped without a concussion.
For Balotelli, all he got was a yellow card which would have seen him miss Italy’s next match had they qualified.
Fast forward to the 79th minute. With 10-man Italy frustrating Uruguay who needed a win to advance to the next round but were being held to a 0-0 deadlock, Suarez found himself in the Azzurri’s penalty area. Closest to him was Giorgio Chiellini and the two engaged in a tussle inside the penalty area.
And in a flash, the Uruguayan first tried to head-butt the Italy no. 3. He failed. It could have stopped there but instead, Suarez followed up till he ensured he left a dog-like mark on Chiellini’s shoulder.
Mexican referee, Marco ‘Dracula’ Rodriguez, didn’t see the incident and even attempts by the Italian defender to seek his attention were shrugged off.
There was explosion on social media immediately with @luis16suarez mentions jumping from 100,000 before the bite to over 2 million after on Twitter. As you read this, the tweets are averaging over 1,400 per minute. Even worse for Chiellini and co, Diego Godin powerfully headed in the winning goal that sent Italy crashing out while Suarez and Uruguay lived to fight another day.
Suarez will not escape this latest episode which comes after two previous biting incidents. Suarez’s debut bite came when we was at Ajax where he launched his teeth on PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal back in 2010 earning him the name ‘Cannibal of Ajax’ and a seven-game ban.
Last year while playing for Liverpool against Chelsea, Branislav Ivanovic was the victim and a ten game ban followed.
Eyes are now fixed on just what measures the International Football Federation (FIFA) will undertake. FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Salto-born forward who if found guilty, his 2014 FIFA World Cup will be over.
He could face a maximum ban of 24 matches or two years which will definitely affect his international career if he gets an international ban, and even his club career if he gets a worldwide ban.
Liverpool will be a club under panic after this incident. Suarez is the in-demand player in the world right now and should he be slapped with an international ban (meaning he can still play club football), the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid might be still willing to break the bank for his signature since that would mean he’ll be fresh for domestic football only. If that is the case and Liverpool are willing to sell, his price could soar.
If he gets a worldwide ban, Liverpool will face a huge loss as Suarez could miss well over half a season for the Reds. Not something you would want of a player who swept every individual accolade in front of him last season.
Why does he have to have such a gargantuan appetite for human flesh!
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