King of Overreaction you ask? Well, Luis Suarez, of course.
For this is the man who deems biting someone as a fair and measured response to a bit of argy-bargy in the box, but, for some (England), his overreaction was a saving grace.
England endured a dismal World Cup campaign that ended with a rather drab scoreless draw against Costa Rica. Under absolutely any other circumstances, England’s struggles would have been all over the front and back pages.
Thankfully for England and Roy Hodgson, Luis Suarez stepped up, as he bit – that is right – bit Giorgio Chiellini. Yes, it is common knowledge but it is still barely believable. Correct, he bit a player. For a third time.
Suarez bites a guy -- again -- and grabs his teeth. "Oww! You're too gristley! I broke a tooth, jerk!"
— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) June 24, 2014
Dad: " Luis Suarez, have you heard of him?" Mum (who knows nothing of football): "yes, he's the one who bites people" — Eliza (@Eliza) June 24, 2014
Somebody should insist on #Suarez having a snack before each game. Less chance of him biting somebody perhaps?
— Neil Skinner (@Neil_Skinner) June 24, 2014
Suarez, after all, is a man that people generally don't have very strong feelings about. Few hate him, few love him, and most can simply take or leave him.
The go-to place in moments of Saurez controversy is @RAWK_Meltdown, which collates the most 'out there' reactions from Liverpool fan forums, and they had a field day last Thursday.
(FIFA ban Suarez) Uruguay should pull out of the world up in protest.
— RAWK Meltdown (@RAWK_Meltdown) June 26, 2014
(FIFA ban Suarez) Luis has gotten unfair and double standard because he is luis suarez. — RAWK Meltdown (@RAWK_Meltdown) June 26, 2014
think we should refuse to allow any player to join a fifa/uefa sanctioned event unless we are covered at their expense for what ever reason — RAWK Meltdown (@RAWK_Meltdown) June 26, 2014
(Suarez) LFC transform him in to an award winning player then FIFA punish them! Bonkers. — RAWK Meltdown (@RAWK_Meltdown) June 26, 2014
Rivalling Suarez for the role of chief “overreacter” is none other than Pepe – as his head-butt of Thomas Mueller proved - so it is only fair that he is prominent in an OT group stages round up:
— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) June 16, 2014
Remember the glory days of England losing to Italy on the first Saturday of the World Cup – no, you don’t, it was dreary and dreadful but that was just the commentary.
Phil Neville. The real life Boring Milner.
— Andy (@Aberdinho__) June 14, 2014
Such was the numbing nature of Neville his co-commentator Guy Mowbray took up the slack when discussing the fallen warrior Gary Lewin – remember he broke his leg that fateful night?
Mowbray: "Thoughts with Gary [Lewin] at the moment." He's injured his leg. — James Dall (@JamesDallESPN) June 14, 2014
Things could only get better, right?
Erm, no! England then lost to Uruguay.
With England all but eliminated from the competition, it probably felt like things could get no worse for fans of the national team until this popped up on screens.
— Andrew Regan (@CelticRegan) June 19, 2014
It was not all negative though:
I've waited years for England to play like Spain, now we are.
— Jason Bent (@Jason9Bent) June 19, 2014
England’s inability to threaten the latter stages of World Cups led some fans to draw some real damning conclusions.
The DFS sale will end before England win the World Cup
— British Logic (@BritishLogic) June 19, 2014
To be clear, the DFS sale will never end. Never.
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