Media sink teeth into Suarez ‘the cannibal’
LONDON - Reuters
Liverpool’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez (R) clashes with Chelsea’s Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic (L) after appearing to bite the Chelsea player. AFP photoLiverpool striker Luis Suarez has been dubbed a “cannibal” by British media after his shameful bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League match on April 21.
The Uruguayan could face heavy punishment from the Football Association when they begin an investigation into his assault on Ivanovic, which was missed by match referee Kevin Friend. Television replays clearly showed the 26-year-old seizing Ivanovic’s forearm and sinking his teeth into it.
It was not the first time Suarez, who scored a stoppage time equalizer in a 2-2 draw, has been involved in a biting incident. He was previously banned in the Netherlands after biting the neck of PSV’s Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in 2010.
“The Kop Cannibal” was the Daily Mirror’s back page headline, a description also used by the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, both papers suggesting it was time Liverpool parted company with the controversial striker. Mass circulation tabloid The Sun said “Same Old Suarez, Always Eating” while The Times back page said Suarez had “shamed” the club which stood by him during a racism storm that saw him banned last season. Suarez, Premier League’s top scorer with 23 goals, issued an apology on April 21 and Liverpool also condemned its player’s behavior.