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'Vampire' returns

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, June 26, 2014

ON the eve of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, I did a preview on the top five players to look out for in the tournament.

Uruguayan Luis Suarez was my third best and I wrote "as long as Suarez is fed well before the match so he doesn't end up biting his opponents, the 27-year-old should be a pleasure to watch".

Indeed he was a pleasure to the eyes of the millions of football fans around the globe before he appeared to have sunk his teeth into the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the teams' decisive World Cup Group D game. Uruguay won the match 1-0 to qualify for the top 16.

Coming back from injury after missing the opener against Costa Rica, Suarez made his presence felt after scoring twice in the 2-0 win over England.

The Liverpool striker was in sensational form and may have surpassed the feat of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo in Brazil.

Only if he had stayed the "Super Suarez" and not the "Biting Suarez" that he had turned into once again.

Suarez is known for biting his opponents.

He was banned for ten matches after biting the arm of Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in an English Premier League game and in 2010 he was suspended for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax Amsterdam.

While FIFA has started its investigation on the matter, many football pundits are calling for harsher penalties on Suarez.

Former England striker Michael Owen posted on Twitter "I'm genuinely gutted. I love watching him play more than any other player but he obviously just can't control himself".

Even comedian Russell Brand took to Twitter to ridicule Suarez "Suarez! Your teeth are already prominent, stop biting people! It's like @GaryLineker attacking people with his ears".

"I guess any part of the body is up for eating," wrote boxing legend Evander Holyfield, whose ear was partly chomped off by Mike Tyson in a 1997 heavyweight fight.

Here is the summary of some controversial moments in Suarez's career from British tabloid Independent:

February 2007- High followed by low. Suarez makes his international debut for Uruguay against Colombia but was sent off in the final minutes after being shown a second yellow card for dissent.

November 2007 - Fined by Ajax along with Albert Luque after an altercation in the dressing room at halftime in the match against fierce rivals Feyenoord.

July 2010 - During the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals, Suarez prevented Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah's goal-bound effort with a deliberate handball on the line in the final-minute and was subsequently sent off. A penalty was awarded but missed by Asamoah Gyan with footage showing an elated Suarez celebrating. Uruguay eventually went through following a penalty shoot-out to reach semi-finals.

November 2010 - Suarez was handed a seven-match ban by the Dutch FA and fined by his club for biting PSV midfielder Otman Bakkal during an Eredivisie match.

October 2011 - Involved in a tackle with Everton's Jack Rodwell and goes down with apparent minimal contact.

Rodwell was then sent off.

October 2011 - Suarez was alleged to have racially abused Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a Premier League match.

Suarez was later found guilty by an independent regulatory commission and banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 ($F123,582).

December 2011 - Was seen making an offensive gesture towards Fulham fans. Handed a further one-match ban for the gesture.

February 2012 - United and Liverpool met again at Old Trafford, but more controversy followed as Suarez refused to shake Evra's hand before kick-off.

October 2012 - Celebrated a goal against Everton by diving in front of Toffees boss David Moyes who had earlier claimed that "divers" such as Suarez were putting fans off the English game.

January 2013 - More controversy as a clear handball preceded his winning goal for Liverpool as they defeat Mansfield Town 2-1.

March 2013 - Suarez punches Gonzalo Jara during Uruguay's World Cup qualification defeat against Chile. The referee missed the incident.

March 2013 - Suarez bites the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield. Liverpool fined the defender before he was banned for 10 matches

June 2014 - Suarez is accused of biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 victory in the World Cup.


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