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Uruguay’s Luis Suarez allegedly bites opponent at World Cup

06/24/2014 1:48 PM

06/25/2014 10:32 AM

Luis Suarez didn’t do it again, did he?

Suarez, the star forward for Uruguay, apparently bit Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder during Tuesday’s World Cup game against Italy.

Naturally, twitter went crazy with doctored photos of Suarez as a vampire. And then there were comments like, “Poor Suarez, all he wanted was a taste of the World Cup.”

But this is all a person needed to see:

Uruguay won 1-0 and knocked Italy out of the tournament. However, the game result is likely to take a back seat to the alleged bite.

“It was ridiculous not to send Suarez off,” Chiellini told Italy’s Rai TV. “It is clear, clear-cut and then there was the obvious dive afterwards because he knew very well that he did something that he shouldn’t have done.”

Normally, you’d like to give a player the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t actually sink his teeth into an opponent. Unfortunately for Suarez, it’s not the first time he’s bitten an opponent during a game.

While playing for Ajax in Holland in 2010, Suarez bit PSV’s Otman Bakkal. He was suspended for seven games.

In 2013, Suarez was playing for Liverpool when he chomped into Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. That got him banned for 10 games.

In Tuesday’s game, Suarez moved his head toward Chiellini and it was difficult to see exactly what happened. Chiellini fell to the ground, but he got up and pulled his jersey back to expose what could have have been a bit mark.

The referee missed the alleged chomping, but FIFA likely will look into it. That could spell the end of the World Cup for Suarez. Uruguay finished second in Group D and advanced to the knockout stages.

Here are some more tweets on the incident:

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