Sunday, December 21, 2014   

(World Cup) Suarez bites again
(06-25 11:05)

Luis Suarez faces the prospect of a long ban after shocking the World Cup with a new biting storm on Tuesday as Uruguay dumped Italy out of the tournament.
Uruguay captain Diego Godin headed home an 81st-minute goal to secure a 1-0 in a gritty Group D battle that saw Italy eliminated in the first round for the second straight World Cup.
But Italy's stunning exit was overshadowed by an incredible incident involving Suarez -- already banned twice before for biting opponents -- just moments before Godin's winner.
Television replays showed Suarez appearing to attempt to sink his teeth into Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder in an off-the-ball incident.
Chiellini angrily remonstrated with Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez, pulling his shirt off his shoulder to show red marks on his neck.
Afterwards a disgusted Chiellini told Italian television: ``He bit me, it's clear, I still have the mark.''
"The referee should have blown his whistle and given him a red card,'' he added.
Suarez sought to play down the incident in comments to Uruguayan television, claiming Chiellini had barged him.
"There are things that happen on the pitch and you should not make such a big deal out of them,'' Suarez said.
In November 2010 the forward was banned for seven matches by the Netherlands FA after biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal on the shoulder when he played for Ajax.
Suarez was dubbed ``the Cannibal of Ajax'' by Dutch media.
In April 2013, he was given a 10-match ban by the English FA after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in a match at Anfield.
He was also banned for eight matches in 2011 for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra. --AFP

   
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