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Published on June 26th, 2014 | by voxx

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Suarez, descendant of Count Dracula?

UPDATE

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has received a four month football-related ban for making a meal out of the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. In addition to this, he has also been banned from competing in nine international matches. This has all but ended his 2014 Fifa World Cup experience. Suarez will miss the first nine matches of the Premier League season too.

Now personally I think that this punishment isn’t enough for someone that earns the type of money he does, banning him for such a short amount of time seems so petty. I highly doubt Suarez is even going to care; it’s practically giving him a holiday. However, Uruguay say that they will be appealing and seem to think that this is an “excessive decision” and apparently lacked enough evidence. Clearly they are embarrassed about this and want to hide it so the team doesn’t get a bad reputation, but it’s impossible for them to deny what Suarez did because it’s clear as day on the video footage. Also it really doesn’t help Suarez’s situation when he’s bitten people in the past.

The president of the Uruguayan Football Association, WIlmar Valdez has said: “I have seen more aggressive incidents recently”. He also added “It is a severe punishment. I don’t know exactly which arguments they used but it is a tough punishment for Suarez”. However, I still find this punishment is the equivalent to putting a child on the naughty step for ten minutes.

A hefty fine of 100,000 Swiss francs (£65,680) has been given to Suarez. Now that is a lot of money… to the average person. I do believe Suarez has more than enough to cover such a small fine with enough left over to enjoy his holiday away from Football. This ban has made the record for being the biggest in World Cup history. Italian player Mauro Tassotti held this title before after elbowing Spain’s Luis Enrique back in 1994.

Claudio Sulser, chairman of the Fifa disciplinary committee, had this to say in a statement: “Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch and, in particular, not at a Fifa World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field,” Suarez is now guilty of biting three players. It’s like he’s having a three course meal and Chiellini became the desert.

Mark Lawerenson, former Liverpool defender also feels as if the suspension Suarez received should have been longer. He told BBC Sport this: “Say my boy was about 11 or 12, how do you explain to your lad who’s a football fan exactly what Luis Suarez keeps doing? He is now a persistent offender and I thought actually the ban would have been much harsher.”

 

Yesterday we reported…

It appears Luis Suarez is at it again. Shocking news now circles the world cup as Italian player Giorgio Chiellini felt the wrath of Count Suarez, descendant of Count Dracula, or so it would seem.

After seeing the incident for myself I found it absolutely incredible that the referee did absolutely nothing about the situation despite the replay, clearly showing Suarez lunging his fangs into Chiellini’s left shoulder. It’s shameful that Suarez then tried to play it off as if he had been elbowed in the face. Unfortunately for him, video footage has caught him out again. After getting bitten, Chiellini ran after Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez, pulling his shirt down to reveal the spot where Suarez had quite clearly tried to make a meal out of him. In the process another player from Uruguay tried to stop him and kept pulling his shirt back to hide the marks. This should have made the referee curious at least, but yet he still did nothing about it.

Suarez is now faced against Football’s world governing body, who has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Uruguayan striker. Suarez risks a maximum ban of up to 24 matches or two years. Personally, I don’t think that’s enough. With all his past incidents his punishment should be much more severe than 2 years away from Football. I’m sure Suarez doesn’t even care about it – after all, he’s probably got enough money to keep him entertained for the rest of his life.

It’s a great shame he had to let down his own country in the world cup with his dirty tactics though. jawsOver these past few days people have also taken it upon themselves to make some excellent Photoshop creations. From Hungry Hippos to Bugs Bunny it’s clear that many people really dislike him at the minute. The best one I’ve come across on the internet so far is a re-creation of Jaws. Suarez’s social media pages are just being spammed with hilarious creations like this and he really can’t hide from them because they’ve gone viral all over the net. I can only wonder how he feels when he sees people doing this. I think it’s safe to say Suarez is going to remember his wrong-doings for a while now as these events have very likely his reputation too.

Suarez has played around 361 professional matches in total and has managed to take a bite out of three players.  According to New Statesman the chances of getting bitten by Luis Suarez are higher than getting bitten by a shark! Three victims in 361 matches means that Suarez makes a bite around every 120 matches. We can only hope that Suarez gets punished for repeatedly trying to eat players. If not, this only leads me to expect something fishy is going on with the referees at the Fifa World Cup.

 - Corey Hodgson


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