Uruguayan player Luis Suarez has finally learnt what it feels like to be bitten.
The player, on Thursday afternoon, was handed a nine-match ban by world football regulating body, FIFA. The ban comes days Suarez left teeth marks on the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Complaints to the referee ignored, Uruguay won the Group D match with a lone goal, dumping Italy out of the World Cup.
Suarez who cut his teeth internationally at club level playing in Netherlands first for Groningen and then for Ajax, where he bit PSV’s Ottman Bakkal, will also miss the start of the English Premier League with Liverpool Football Club as FIFA handed him a chunky 4 month ban. In 2013, he was charged by the English FA for violent conduct following a biting incident involving Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.
According to the BBC: “Under the terms of the ban, Suarez cannot train with Liverpool and is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of his suspension.” For now it is all about the World Cup and unarguably, the Uruguayan attack at the world’s most followed tournament may now lack bite.
For some, that may just be a a good thing.