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Football: Five other Luis Suarez controversies

Published on Jun 25, 2014 6:34 AM
 
Uruguay's Luis Suarez reacts after clashing with Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal on June 24, 2014. - PHOTO: REUTERS

BRASïLIA (AFP) - Five facts on Uruguay striker Luis Suarez’s past brushes with controversy after he was swept up in another alleged biting on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in their World Cup Group D game on Tuesday:

    • Suarez was dubbed ‘the cannibal of Ajax’ after he bit PSV Einhoven’s Otman Bakkal shoulder in a Dutch league game in November 2010, months after a controversial handball at the World Cup. The referee did not immediately see the incident, but Suarez was later handed a seven game ban.
    • In April 2013, Suarez bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic’s arm in a Premier League for Liverpool. He was given a 10 game suspension for that offence.

  • The Uruguayan, considered one of the world’s most devastating goalscorers, has also been in trouble over on the field comments. He hurled racial abuse at Manchester United’s Patrice Evra during a Premier League game in October 2011. Suarez insisted the term he used was one often deployed in Uruguay. The English FA banned him for eight matches and fined him 40,000 pounds. He refused to shake hands with Evra when the two teams met later that season.
  • Suarez stopped a certain Ghanaian goal with his hand on the goalline in the last minute of extra-time in the 2010 World Cup quarter-final. He was sent off but Asamoah Gyan’s penalty was saved and the Ghanaians went lost the penalty shootout. “I made the save of the tournament,” was Suarez’s unrepentant comment after the match.
  • Suarez appeared to have got over his past controversies this year at Liverpool. He scored 31 goals in the English Premier League in 2013-14 and was named player of the season by the Professional Footballers Association. His two goals against England furthered his reputation and fuelled reports that Real Madrid are said to be ready to pay more than 80 million euros for Suarez.

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