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Video: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez bites Branislav Ivanovic’s arm – will the FA finally act?

Apr 21, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

Chelsea's Ivanovic shows his arm to referee Friend after an incident with Liverpool's Suarez during their English Premier League soccer match in Liverpool

The Uruguayan had been enjoying another strong match – providing a succulent assist on Daniel Sturridge’s goal – before a 65th minute counter-attack resulted in what will surely be the main talking point of the next week.

Chelsea was possessing the ball in Liverpool’s defensive third when Suarez recovered possession and drove the ball 50 yards up the pitch. His pass to Steven Gerrard was recovered by Sturridge at the top of the box. Suarez then cut diagonally between John Obi Mikel and Ivanovic to receive Sturridge’s pass at the corner of the six yard box. The striker immediately dumped the ball back to Steven Gerrard, who’s cross was blocked out of bounds for a corner.

As Suarez laid the ball to Gerrard, the Uruguayan became entangled with Ivanovic. Suarez then grabbed the Serbian’s right arm and took a bite before the duo tumbled to the ground. Ivanovic immediately informed referee Kevin Friend, who gave Suarez a stern talking to but didn’t seem to notice the bite. No call was made and no cards were dealt. Assuming Friend missed it, the bite will be reviewable by the FA, who have the power to retroactively punish Suarez. (See video of the incident here).

The FA’s refusal to bring down the retroactive hammer has been a talking point of late as the governing body refused to penalize Wigan’s Callum McManaman for his ‘horror tackle’ on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero for his stamp on Chelsea’s David Luiz.

Biting is not something new for Suarez after the former Ajax man was handed a seven-match ban for biting the collarbone of PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal during a 0-0 draw in October 2010. That incident drew comparisons to boxer Mike Tyson’s bite on Evander Holyfield’s right ear in a 1997 bout and resulted in Suarez being known in Holland as the “Cannibal of Ajax.”

In true Suarez fashion, however, the incident left him unaffected and in the 97th minute the villain became the hero when he headed home Sturridge’s cross to earn Liverpool a 2-2 draw.

You simply cannot make this stuff up.

  1. bellerophon30 - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Luis Suarez is a troubled man, one with practically no impulse control. While it’s true that the FA has been curiously toothless lately….well biting isn’t in the run of play, not even remotely. If he’s not banned for a good long while, then Joey Barton will race back to England straight away, since a precedent will have been set.

    Too bad Not so King Kenny isn’t still there, he’ll find a way to justify the biting. I’m very interested to see what Rogers does.

  2. dfstell - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Hey…’s just your PFA Player of the Year (probably). I can’t imagine getting bitten by someone while playing soccer. He’s really just a miserable little creature.

    I can’t tell you how happy I am that he plays for Liverpool!

    • jessedinner - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      He is blatantly crazy and loses his mind in the moment but has still been the best player in the EPL the season, unless Tottenham qualifies for Champs League. As a Liverpool fan, I would be ecstatic if we hold on to him but there is horridly a chance a team that has not qualified for Champs League will be able to keep him away from Munich. I don’t think Suarez is a bad person or even racist, I just think he has absolutely no self control.

  3. emoser - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    I’m surprised Ivanovic had the self-control not to give him a kick to the face after he did that…. I know I would have.

  4. tomgreg2008 - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    It was an accidental bite.

  5. gatortroy12 - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Despicable! Dude shoulda never been left on the field to score equalizer. Why was there 6 minutes of added time anyway? I don’t remember any serious injury time. The whole ending felt like home cooking and I think Chelsea got shafted out of 2 vital points today.

    • trhendricks5966 - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Looks Like the Fergie time epidemic is no longer just confined to old trafford…. Looks like Anfield has caught the bug as well… at least for this match…. FA is something of a Joke anyway…

    • dreadpirate82 - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      They talked on the broadcast during the penalty kick that more than two minutes had run off the clock setting it up. That seemed to be a big chunk of it, but I don’t remember any other other incidents slowing things down at all.

    • forked - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Not to mention, even with the 6 minutes, halfway through the SEVENTH minute Chelsea earns a thrown in, and the whistle still doesn’t get blown. I get that the ref has some discretion to allow a possession to play itself out, but once Chelsea earned the possession, that should have been it.

    • jessedinner - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Don’t remember any serious injury time – think about how the pk fiasco took a minimum of 3mins. Don’t forget Chelsea got worked the entire 2nd half and both teams did nothing in the first.

  6. dumbassgreg - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    no surprise. he showed who he ws when he hall balled in world cup was proud of it, at least henry is embarassed. saurez celebrates it. it was ghana . we know how saurez feels about black people.he really needs to sign with team in italy,spain,poland russia,south america. where his act will be approved of. what buffoon

    • jessedinner - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      There was nothing wrong with his handball in the World Cup and any winner would do the same thing. He got a red card and the other team was awarded a pk. What else do you need? He don’t think he is even racist, the dude is just crazy, gets caught in the moment and has no self control. I did get a kick out of the countries he should sign for.

  7. schlom - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    If the FA didn’t suspend Aguero for his obvious two footed stomp on Luiz why would they suspend Suarez for a much less dangerous play?

    • jessedinner - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Aguero certainly should have been suspended and so should Suarez, that being said Suarez is still a god.

  8. jessedinner - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    He should be banned for the rest of the season but Liverpool would be the luckiest team ever to hold on to him.

  9. mox19380 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    If I wasn’t a fan of the team he plays on (and I am) I’d absolutely despise him. As it is I see him as a deplorable probably insane douche…at the same time he is about the only thing that gives Reds fans hope for any semblence of offensive success

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