Luis Suarez: a history of biting

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Luis Suarez has now bitten a player on a football pitch three times. Here are the three incidents in one handy Vine.

Let us take a look at the three incidents in question...

ON OTMAN BAKKAL, AJAX v PSV, NOVEMBER 2010

During a scuffle involving players from both Ajax and PSV Eindhoven in this Eredivisie match, Bakkal confronted Suarez in the melee, but the Uruguayan simply leant over and bit him on the neck.

Bakkal said, after the second biting incident on Branislav Ivanovic:

"It happened once already. At first I thought maybe it was an accident but, apparently, he loses it sometimes. I don't know what to say.

"I thought he meant it when he said sorry. I think he wants to win so badly that he loses his mind sometimes but afterwards he comes to his senses.

"I am a footballer as well and this affects all of us, but for me it's more important to leave all this behind me.

"It doesn't belong on the pitch. It was the end of him in Holland. Now we just have to wait and see what the FA does - and then what his future will be in England."

ON BRANISLAV IVANOVIC, LIVERPOOL v CHELSEA, APRIL 2013

In the closing stages of a Premier League game between Liverpool and Chelsea, Ivanovic and Suarez jostled in the penalty area, to which Suarez responded by biting the Serbian defender on the arm.

I've spoken to Ivanovic on the phone and I could apologise directly to him," Suarez said shortly afterwards. "Thanks for accepting."

"I apologise to my manager and everyone at Liverpool for letting them down."

Suarez was immediately fined by his club, and later banned for ten games by an FA panel, who criticised him for “not appreciating the seriousness" of the offense by arguing that he shouldn’t receive a lengthy ban.

The FA said they hoped the suspension would send a "strong message that such deplorable behaviours do not have a place in football".

ON GIORGIO CHIELLINI, URUGUAY v ITALY, JUNE 2014

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Completing the hat-trick, during the World Cup game against Italy in Natal, Suarez bit defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder during a penalty area scuffle.

Suarez went down holding his own teeth after the incident, claiming that Chiellini had hit him in retaliation.

The incident was not seen by any officials on the pitch, but Fifa guidelines state that incidents of ill-discipline can be punished afterwards, so Suarez can expect a lengthy ban.

Still, it looks like it was at least good news for someone...

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