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26 Jun 2014
8:00 am

Fifa set to bite back at Suarez


Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz, the gifted Uruguayan footballer, is dentally challenged.

No doubt about it.

When he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during their Fifa World Cup match in Brazil he was continuing a pattern. Previous victims include Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in 2013 and PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal in 2010.

Suárez is primarily responsible for bundling England out of the 2014 World Cup, so the English press have had a field day with jokes about his latest fang attack. He’s been pictured with a spoof “Golden Teeth” award, or as Dracula, or wearing a muzzle. There also menus online featuring the names and body parts of other footballers whom Suárez might like to chomp. Some say he was hungry because Brazilian food is poor, and so on.

Like many repeat offenders, Suárez doesn’t seem to feel he’s to blame.

“We were both in the area, he thrust his shoulder into me,” he said in Spanish immediately after the match. “These things happen on the pitch, and we don’t have to give them so much importance.”

Since then he has been charged by Fifa’s disciplinary committee. Now he has something to chew on.