At the centre of controversy once again, Luis Suarez is facing a huge ban if found guilty of biting Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s final group game against Italy.
Suarez could be banned for up to 24 games or 2 years, but if he appeals a charge he could potentially continue to play in this World Cup until the ban is enforced. For this reason, the urgency of the investigation has increased, as television images appear to leave Suarez with very little defence.
The Liverpool forward has been previously banned for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Ottman Bakkal in 2010 and Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in 2013; the Uruguayan’s involvement in such incidents is becoming old news.
However the controversy surrounding the striker on Tuesday left a lot for the Twitter community to sink their teeth into, and so ensued a flurry of hilarious tweets and images condemning Suarez’s actions:
BREAKING: Luis Suarez has this morning been captured by Brazilian Police. pic.twitter.com/b4ap5TB9DN
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) June 25, 2014
Finally, a picture of the Suarez incident that’s not photoshopped. pic.twitter.com/xlMSi3YE5i
— Marco Credentino (@bigcreds) June 25, 2014
— Moe (@MohsinZahir8) June 25, 2014
— President Özil (@PresidentOzil) June 25, 2014
#Suarez is a great player but he’s got to lay off the Italian food.
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) June 24, 2014
Luis Suarez is hoping that Uruguay meet Germany in the final as he said he would like to try a shoulder of Lahm.
— Dan (@ehdannyboy) June 25, 2014
Suarez needs to go and lie down in his basket and think about what he’s done.
— Moose Allain (@MooseAllain) June 25, 2014
Of course, Luis Suarez needs to be made an example of , but his continued involvement in unsporting behaviour and punishment does not appear to change his actions. In the 2010 World Cup his volleyball-esque handball to prevent Ghana scoring ultimate saved Uruguay from exiting the competition, and the footage of him celebrating the subsequent penalty save spread like wildfire.
Suarez continues to provide justification for his inclusion in the World Cup Wall of Infamy, joining the likes of Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt, Nigel de Jong’s karate kick and Rivaldo’s faked injury.
Uruguay now face Colombia in the last 16, but Luis Suarez’s involvement in further games is looking ever more bleak by the second.