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Luis Suarez issues apology to Giorgio Chiellini

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Rememeber when Luis Suarez defended himself by saying he lost his balance and accidentally smacked his teeth off of Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder, injuring his own mouth in the process? The Uruguay star has apparently had time to reconsider his position and come to the conclusion that honesty is the best approach.

On Monday afternoon, Suarez issued an apology to Chiellini on Twitter.

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Chiellini, who has already stated that he believes the punishment levied against Suarez by FIFA was too harsh, quickly accepted the apology and said he hopes FIFA will reduce the length of the ban.

Chiellini is incredibly admirable for letting the whole incident go, but it’s hard to take Suarez’s apology seriously. He’s been punished for biting multiple times in the past. Actions speak louder than words, and Suarez has repeatedly proved that he has a serious problem.

Also see: Uruguay president calls FIFA ‘sons of bitches’

Uruguy president Jose Mujica calls FIFA ‘sons of bitches’ for Luis Suarez ban

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FIFA basically had no choice but to suspend Luis Suarez for the remainder of the 2014 World Cup and then some after he bit the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Suarez is a three-peat offender (four if you count this) who had already been suspended twice for biting prior to his most recent incident. Despite that, Uruguay president Jose Mujica felt the penalty was too harsh.

Mujica recently referred to Suarez’s nine-game international suspension and four-month suspension from all soccer activities as a “fascist ban.”

“FIFA are a bunch of old sons of bitches,” the 79-year-old said, via The Guardian. “Publish it. They could have punished him but not given him this fascist ban.”

As we showed you in our post about Suarez’s full biting history, the veteran striker was suspended seven matches for biting in 2010 and 10 games for biting another opponent last year. Those penalties obviously didn’t send a strong enough message, so FIFA would have been crucified if they didn’t throw the book at Suarez this time around.

Mujica isn’t the only one who thought the punishment was a bit too harsh, though he is the only national leader to refer to FIFA as “sons of bitches.” Even Chiellini said he felt the ban was excessive and expressed sympathy for Suarez and his family. Personally, I felt the punishment fit the crime.

Giorgio Chiellini thinks Luis Suarez’s punishment for biting him is excessive

Giorgio-Chiellini-1This year’s World Cup has given us great goals, surprising results, and a moment FIFA would rather have not taken place.

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez resorted to a tactic he’s previously used when he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder. While punishment was sure to be handed down, the severity was what everyone was anxiously awaiting.

When the announcement was made, FIFA came down with a heavy hand.

While reactions have been varied, one in particular stands out. Chiellini posted on his website a few words on the incident and his feelings toward Suarez.

“Now inside me there’s no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that’s done. There only remain the anger and the disappointment about the match.

At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period.

I have always considered unequivocal the disciplinary interventions by the competent bodies, but at the same time I believe that the proposed formula is excessive. I sincerely hope that he will be allowed, at least, to stay close to his team mates during the games because such a ban is really alienating for a player.”

Not only does Suarez’s suspension affect games with the national team, but the four-month portion causes it to run into the early portion of the English Premier League schedule, meaning he will be absent from Liverpool’s first nine matches of next season.

Documented history of similar behavior or not, there are more than a few who feel the hand Suarez was dealt is too harsh. And now we can add the victim of his most recent act to the list.

H/T SportsGrid

Luis Suarez suspended 9 games, entire World Cup

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Luis Suarez has received the longest World Cup suspension in soccer history, as FIFA announced on Thursday that the Uruguay star has been banned nine international matches for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder earlier this week.

In addition to the nine-game international suspension, Suarez has also been banned from all soccer-related activity for four months. He will be allowed to play in friendly matches.

“Such behavior cannot be tolerated on any football pitch and particularly at the World Cup,” FIFA disciplinary chairman Claudio Sulser said, via CBSSports.com.

With the punishment, Suarez is guaranteed to miss the remainder of the 2014 World Cup. He could miss over a year of international matches, depending how far Uruguay advances in the tournament. He will also miss the first two months of the English Premier League schedule and will not be able to play in matches for Liverpool during that time. He will likely miss up to nine Premier League games and three Champions League matches before he can start practicing again.

As our full history of Suarez biting opponents shows you, he obviously has a serious problem. Suarez is one of the better strikers in the world, but his disturbing behavior will always be a dark cloud over his career.

Did Luis Suarez try to bite Giorgio Chiellini in 2013 also?

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Luis Suarez took the attention away from Uruguay’s huge victory over Italy on Tuesday when he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder. Suarez has now bitten at least three opponents during his career. Was Tuesday the second time he targeted Chiellini?

As The Big Lead pointed out, photos from the 2013 Confederations Cup appear to show a very familiar exchange taking place between Suarez and Chiellini. Here’s a zoomed-in version of the image you see above:

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Snickers killed it with their Luis Suarez tweet after bite

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Several brands tried to capitalize on the viral moment of Luis Suarez biting Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s World Cup win over Italy on Tuesday. Nobody did it better than Snickers.

Here is the tweet the candy bar company sent:

How many of you wanted a bite of that rectangle of deliciousness after that tweet?

They weren’t the only ones who knocked it out of the park. This was sent by McDonald’s Uruguay:

That was them telling Suarez they’d give him a Big Mac if he were still hungry.

Whataburger and Trident made the honorable mention category for their efforts.

That was too easy not to at least get something going by the brands’ respective social media teams. High-fives all around.

Also see: Luis Suarez full biting history

Did savvy bettor win small fortune betting Luis Suarez would bite opponent?

It looks like one savvy better in Norway capitalized on Luis Suarez’s tendency to bite opponents and cashed in pretty big Tuesday with a winning wager.

A screenshot of a betting ticket that appeared to be placed on a European betting site shows that someone placed a 32 Norwegian krone wager on Suarez biting another player at 175:1 odds. The 32 krone wager paid out 5,600, which isn’t bad at all.

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It actually makes some sense that this would be available as a wager in the first place. Suarez entered the World Cup with a history of biting opponents. As our Steve DelVecchio outlined, this was the third time he’d done that in a match.

H/T Bryan A. Graham