Controversy surrounds Liverpool and Uruguay footballer Luis Suarez Tuesday as we join others to ask "did he bite Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini?
The 1-0 Uruguayan win over Italy quickly led to an offer of resignation by Italy's coach/manager Cesare Prandelli.
Before tonight's World cup game, aired on BBC1 in the UK, between Greece and the Ivory Coast kicked off the alleged biting incident was chewed over, pun intended. The consensus was that yes Suarez had bitten Chiellini. Earlier it was difficult to tell if Suarez had really sunk his teeth into the shoulder of Chiellini but it was obvious he had behaved inappropriately. Related reading: Luis Suarez bites player, FA give ten match ban
At first it looked as if Suarez had head butted Chiellini from behind. However as the BBC1 commentators showed the incident from various angles it was plain to see that Suarez had bitten Chiellini.
Suarez tried a damage limitations exercise rolling on the ground as if he had unintentionally banged his teeth on Chiellini; I would not put money on Suarez passing a lie detector test though.
Italy was playing one man down when the Uruguayan goal was scored. If the referee had seen the biting incident and sent Suarez off perhaps the playing numbers would have been levelled and Uruguay have been less successful. But the World Cup is littered with ifs and ands.
When Uruguay beat England in their 2014 World Cup game English cast doubt over whether or not at least one of Suarez's goals was offside. This led to hilarious tweets including one regarding Suarez's teeth being offside. Well they were certainly offside Tuesday.
Suarez is no stranger to controversy and is a known biter. As we wrote in April 2013 "Football, the so-called beautiful game, was never less lovely than Sunday during a game between Liverpool and Chelsea, in the U.K. A biting incident, player on player, marred the game. Yes, a biting incident. Uruguayan Luis Suarez, 26, star player for Liverpool, appeared to bite Branislav Ivanovic, a Chelsea player. Those watching the instant replays at home could see all too easily that Suarez was guilty as charged and had bitten Branislav on his upper arm. The referee however took no action, presumably as neither he nor his linesmen had observed the incident".
Ultimately Suarez was fined and asked that the money be donated to the Hillsborough Family Support Group. Suarez announced his fine on Twitter saying "For my unacceptable behaviour yesterday the club has fined me today.” I have asked the club to donate the money to the Hillsborough Family Support Group for the inconvenience I have created to the Liverpool fans and to Ivanovic."
He also received a 10-match ban.
FIFA officials will now be scouring footage of Tuesday's incident and if necessary will take action. Could that result in Suarez making an early exit for Brazil 2014?