Is Luis Suarez up to his old tricks again? His face bumped into Italy's Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder with 12 minutes left in the second half, and it looked like it could be a bite. This would be his third career biting incident.
Chiellini seemed to think so, and tried to show the referee his shoulder, which appeared to have bite marks in the closeup of a Reuters photo below.
Suarez was not punished, even though the Italians tried to show the evidence. But Uruguay's Gaston Ramirez didn't think it was worth his time:
"It was ridiculous not to send Suarez off," Chiellini told Italian television, via the Independent.
"It is clear, clear-cut and then there was the obvious dive afterwards because he knew very well that he did something that he shouldn't have done."
For his part, Suarez said that he didn't do anything wrong, and that it was part of the game.
"These situations happen on the field. I had contact with his shoulder, nothing more. Things like that happen all the time," he told Uruguayan television, via the Daily Mirror.
He was also asked about potential punishment:
"I don't know anything about that," he said. "If FIFA analyses each case separately, it's going to be complicated."
Uruguay scored the only goal of the game not long after this, and Italy is now out of the World Cup. It is possible that FIFA might review the incident and Suarez could be facing a suspension from the tournament. Chiellini doesn't think that will happen.
“Suarez is a sneak and he gets away with it because FIFA want their stars to play in the World Cup. I’d love to see if they have the courage to use video evidence against him," he said to Sky Sport Italia, via Football Italia.
“The referee saw the bite mark too, but he did nothing about it.”
Suarez's teeth are nearly as famous as the man himself, after he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Liverpool match last April. This bite was not in question. He even apologized, later admitting that biting people probably is not a good idea:
“I hope that all the people who I offended at Anfield last Sunday will grant me forgiveness and I again repeat my apology to Branislav," he wrote on his personal website. "I would like to explain to everybody that I decided to accept the ban because – while 10 games is clearly greater than those bans given in past cases where players have actually been seriously injured – I acknowledge that my actions were not acceptable on the football pitch."
And here come the jokes ...
All photos: Reuters/Tony Gentile
Feature photo courtesy of Reuters/Tony Gentile