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Luis Suarez, from hero to cannibal, again
by Paul Kennedy, June 24th, 2014 2:12PM

TAGS:  world cup 2014


[BRAZIL 2014] Diego Godin's goal in the 81st minute gave Uruguay a 1-0 win over 10-man Italy that moved the Celeste into the round of 16 at the Azzurri's expense.

But the talk of the game will be Luis Suarez's apparent bite on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini just a minute before the game's only goal.

As Suarez and Chiellini tussled, Suarez leaned over as if to head-butt the Italian defender but instead put his head into Chiellini's shoulder. Chiellini protested to Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez, who did not see the incident, and pulled down his jersey to show off what appeared to be a bite mark. Suarez's teammate, Gaston Ramirez, came over, to pull the jersey up.

Chiellini said the incident was clearcut and it was ridiculous Suarez was not sent off. "Suarez is a sneak," he added, "and he gets away with it because FIFA wants their stars to play in the World Cup."

Suarez has twice before been suspended for biting an opponent, first in the Netherlands and then in England. He could still be sanctioned by FIFA. Uruguay coach Oscar Tavarez did not want to comment. Suarez had returned from knee surgery last month to score both goals and Uruguay to a 2-1 win over England.

"I'd like to see the images first," he said. "If it happened, the referee probably didn't see it." But Tabarez tried to not let the incident overshadow the Celeste's achievement. "This is a soccer World Cup," he added. "It's not about morality, cheap morality."

Godin, who scored for Atletico Madrid in its La Liga-title clinching tie with Barcelona on the final day of the season and in the UEFA Champions league final, rose over the Italian defense to score with the back of his left shoulder. The win was the second in a row for the Celeste after it opened with a 3-1 loss to group winner Costa Rica.

Italy had Claudio Marchisio sent off midway through the second half for a studs-up challenge on former Chicago Fire player Egidio Arevalo Rios. In emotionally charged match, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, who announced his resignation after the game, took off star Mario Balotelli at the half after he picked up a yellow card.

"We played great in the first game," said Prandelli, "poorly in the second, played to the very end today."

-- Uruguay joins Costa Rica in the second round. The Ticos won the group with a 0-0 tie against England, which exited with one point in three games, its worst record ever at the World Cup.

Group D Standings:
7 Costa Rica 2-1-0 4/1
6 Uruguay 2-0-1 4/4
3 Italy 1-0-2 2/3
1 England 0-1-2 2/4

June 24 in Natal
Uruguay 1 Italy 0.
Goal: Godin 81.
June 24 in Belo Horizonte

Costa Rica 0 England 0.

Group C

Ivory Coast controls its own destiny and will join group leader Colombia in the next round if it beats winless Greece.

Group C Standings:
6 Colombia 2-0-0 5/1
3 Ivory Coast 1-0-1 3/3
1 Japan 0-1-1 1/2
1 Greece 0-1-1 0/3

June 24 in Cuiaba
Japan vs. Colombia
ESPN, Univision/UDN 4 p.m. ET
June 24 in Fortaleza
Greece vs. Ivory Coast
ESPN2, UniMas/Galavision 4 p.m. ET

  1. Greg Morris
    commented on: June 24, 2014 at 4:52 p.m.
    "It's not about morality, cheap morality." What an offensive, disgusting and self serving remark. With that statement Oscar Tavarez also deserves to be tossed from the Cup. As for Suarez, this is the 3rd time. It is time for him to go. He should be banned from World Cup play for life.

  1. soccer talk
    commented on: June 24, 2014 at 6:45 p.m.
    Third strike and your out Louis. Turned A great comeback storyline is erased to freak show. I will say this while this is very disturbing and I I'm not condoning such behavior, it did Finally give Gotgio something to really Cry About. He and many Italia players sprawl & whine way too much.

  1. Kyr-Roger St.-Denis
    commented on: June 24, 2014 at 9:58 p.m.
    Y'all should watch the video a few times before making up your minds. He may have been trying to head-butt Chiellini but it wouldn't be possible, even with buck teeth like Suarez's, to bite someone in that position. ... And Tavarez's comment is an inconvenient truth. We're not really served by pretending otherwise. ... At least the flap over this is sure to distract us all from the real scandals attendant upon any FIFA activity for a few days.

  1. soccer talk
    commented on: June 25, 2014 at 12:27 a.m.
    He was going for bite that's a given especially With his track record. Not that a head butt is any less dirty or less punishable. His neck snapped Down like right on target, definitely intuitional And more disturbing is it seems to an animal Iike instinct reaction. Poor topic for such a great Player. Mike Tyson clone.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: June 25, 2014 at 9:54 a.m.
    FIFA will have to show whether it has the stomach to render a proper disposition on Suarez; IMHO, I doubt it.

  1. Charles Stamos
    commented on: June 25, 2014 at 11:24 a.m.
    He should be banned for 4 WC games, so no possible return this WC. Imagine the crowd howling when he next plays in his next neutral or away match.

  1. Greg Morris
    commented on: June 25, 2014 at 11:42 a.m.
    Kyr-Roger St.-Denis, Apparently y'all should watch the video before making up YOUR mind. It is very clear what happened and your statement that it wouldn't be possible to bite someone in that position is simply ridiculous. Please explain how we are served by accepting Tavarez's comments, and thus Suarez's actions, as an inconvenient truth? Does covering for imbeciles like Suarez help our beautiful game? You mention the real scandals of FIFA but fail to understand that those too have been allowed to continue because people like you explain them away as an inconvenient truth and the way things are. Perhaps if we weren't willing to tolerate cheating, criminal actions and, dare I say, immoral behavior on the part of players, coaches and FIFA, the game would be better off.

  1. Geren Nichols
    commented on: June 25, 2014 at 3:34 p.m.
    Suarez's bite reflex is bizarre and surely must be punished but would you rather be bitten or kicked in the face, or have Nigel de Jong slide into your leg. Remember there is zero chance that a bite on your shoulder will leave you a cripple. And if you are bitten there is a good chance that you can whack the guy in the face. The penalties assessed on the soccer field are either inconsequential or over the top and FIFA does not even care if bribery is the only reason to award a World Cup much less about the conduct of the game. Actually it very much does care about the bribery thing because 500 million is real money in either euros, dollars or pounds. Especially tax free. Neymar leads Brazil in fouls because a free kick in your own half is like grandma's kiss as a Christmas present. Put him in the penalty box for 5 minutes after 2 fouls and he would not commit more than 1 foul a game. I must say that I have no way to understand how a foot to a face which is 2 meters above the ground is not a foul (Boye v Dempsey). The only explanation I can come up with invokes this for logic. If it is a foul then it is a clear ejection and the ref is trying to avoid ejection which destroys games. If the penalty was ejection, but with allowed substitution who spends 5' in the box and then back to full side maybe the ref would follow the rule book and assess a foul when a defender tries to take a man's head off. So while we cry for Suarez's head remember that in every game so far this world cup there have been more dangerous, and more cynical fouls and fixing that problem should be more a priority.

  1. New WorldOrder
    commented on: June 27, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.
    What about Neymar's elbow in 1st game?? Not evena yellow card. Be fair. Thats what is wrong here. Fifa is not fair.

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