Just one minute before Uruguay scored the goal that would knock Italy out of the World Cup, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez — also known in the English Premiere League as “The Cannibal” — took a bite out of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder.
Chiellini rightly responded by hitting Suarez in the face, and then baring his shoulder to reveal the bite mark to the ref. But no action was taken at the time.
Here’s an apparent screen grab circulating the Internet clearly showing a bite mark:
Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder after Luis Suarez bit him… pic.twitter.com/H9rmIiSeFX
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A minute later, Urguay’s Diego Godin scored off a header, which sent Uruguay through to the knockout round. Italy was playing with ten men after Claudio Marchisio got a red card in the 58th minute.
In a separate incident last year, Suarez bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic while playing for Liverpool in a Premier League clash.
And in 2010 Suarez bit Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in 2010:
Suarez received a 7-month suspension for the 2011 bite, and a 10-game ban for the 2013 bite.