Suarez takes bite out of Ivanovic

Liverpool's striker Luis Suarez (R) clashes with Chelsea's defender Branislav Ivanovic (L) after appearing to bite the Chelsea player during the football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at the Anfield stadium on April 21 2013. Photo: AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES

Liverpool – Liverpool’s amazing comeback over Chelsea to draw 2-2 on Sunday will sadly be overlooked after Luis Suarez was shown to have bitten defender Branislav Ivanovic on the arm.

The Uruguayan was a vital part of Liverpool’s comeback yesterday, orchestrating Daniel Sturridge’s goal and equalising late in extra time.

But moments of irrational behaviour always seem just around the corner when it comes to the talented striker.

In the 2010 World Cup, Suarez blatantly caught a ball to deny Ghana a goal -- an act that saw him sent off the field and suspended for Uruguay's semi-final match against the Netherlands.

Later that year, while playing for Ajax Amsterdam, he bit PSV defender Otman Bakkal on the shoulder, received a seven-game ban and was labelled the “Cannibal of Ajax” by Dutch media.

In 2011 the Football Association charged Suarez for racially abusing Manchester United’s French left back Patrice Evra and handed him an eight-match ban.

He refused the shake Evra’s hand in the traditional pre-game handshakes a year after the incident.

In Sunday’s game against Chelsea, Suarez was shown to have bizarrely grabbed Ivanovic’s arm and bite him after the Uruguayan failed to wrestle the ball away from the defender.

The referee didn’t see the incident, therefore Suarez wasn’t reprimanded.

But the Football Association will most likely review the incident.

Hours after the game, Suarez apologised on twitter, stating: “I'm sad for what happened this afternoon, I apologise Ivanovic and all football world for my inexcusable behaviour. I'm so sorry about it!!”

Then later posting: “I've just spoken to Ivanovic on the phone and I could apologise directly to him. Thanks for accepting."

It remains to be seen if the striker will be banned for the rest of the season and if the FA will issue him with a fine.


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