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Chiellini reacts to bite: “Suarez is a sneak and he gets away with it”

Jun 24, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT

Giorgio Chiellini was the man who appeared to be bitten by Suarez. The Italian is Suarez's third victim. This has to stop. AP

Not only does Giorgio Chiellini taste disgusting — judging from Luis Suarez‘s reaction to biting the Italian defender — but he has a bad taste in his mouth.

Now victim No. 3 on the list of players to have his body bit by the Uruguayan superstar, Chiellini cannot believe Suarez was allowed to continue on in the Group D finale.

Uruguay’s Diego Godin scored the match-winning goal minutes later.

From Sky Sports Italia:

“It was absolutely shameful. The game was decided by the referee and if one team should’ve gone through it was us,” Chiellini said.

“Sending Marchisio off and not carding Suarez was decisive. There were other incidents and a different treatment in the first half too.

“As long as we had 11 men, we were in control and Uruguay were never dangerous. Obviously with 10 men in the last half-hour it was tough and we suffered, then were punished by a set play.

“Suarez is a sneak and he gets away with it because FIFA want their stars to play in the World Cup. I’d love to see if they have the courage to use video evidence against him.

“The referee saw the bite mark too, but he did nothing about it.”

Almost everything Chiellini says is correct, and Italy may very well have held Uruguay for the remaining 10 minutes if Suarez was sent off (although the striker took about four rushed and awful shots the rest of the way).

There’s no question it was a scummy move by Suarez, and if he gets banned for any length of time — including life — some will say it is not enough. Leave it to the Uruguayan to put two nations World Cup and the fate of his club’s Premier League season in jeopardy with one chompy moment.

  1. braxtonrob - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Let’s be real here, Italy is kind of a dirty team too. Suarez would fit right in (if he were Italian).

    That being said, the red card was HARSH.
    Also, I believe Suarez deliberately did what he did, specifically, when the referees were NOT looking, so let’s take it easy on the ref, just a little bit.

  2. chunkala - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I agree Italy has their moments, how else do they allow so few goals but you can’t defend his actions here. He is a repeat offender and even if the ref didn’t see it he has to examine the defender’s body and realize that Suarez did something. If in fact it was a ruse by the Italians, then the ref would have been defended publicly for his actions. By not acting, he looks as if he is fine with Suarez’s actions and possibly betting on Uruguay to win. Same thing happened against Chelsea, with the ref absolutely ignoring bite marks. Dismissal for the ref should also be an option here.

  3. awhayes - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    I can’t defend Suarez here – Chiellinni is right he should have been shown a red. But what nobody is talking about is how Chiellinni’s credibility in any sort of a foul/complaint situation had been completely shot…by Chiellinni. He went down at least 4+ times with fake injuries during the game. So to me, it’s not entirely too surprising that the referee didn’t pay much attention to his plea for a foul.

    • dohpey28 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      3 times in the 1st half he acted like he got hit in the nose when it wasn’t even close. No defending Suarez, but Chiellini is a disgrace in his own right.

    • lunasceiling - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      Precisely. The referee would have been unlikely to have seen the bite (it happened way off the ball), and Chiellini’s outrageous diving previously in the game ruined his credibility. It was hilarious watching him go down holding his face…and then have the replay show that the other player’s arm never got any higher than his shoulder.

      The red card was completely legit, too: studs into the player’s leg, way above the level where the ball was. That’s a red card all day long.

      Suarez should be banned from the rest of the tournament, and a season-long ban at the international AND club level would be appropriate. The guy needs to get some professional help.

  4. cutelittleguy02 - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Guessing if it happened to. USA team, what they are going to react?

  5. provguard - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    How about barring the referee? Maybe they should watch his bank account?

  6. psuhoffman - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Italy reacted wrong. I’m sorry but after being bitten and while trying to show the proof to an indifferent referee that Uruguay player puts his hands on me and has the balls to touch my jersey and try to cover up the bite, I am breaking his nose. At that point Italy should have taken retribution on Suarez and them let the referee try to sort out the mess after the brawl. It was a wuss move not to retaliate. You have to force the issue and if the ref won’t handle it you do it yourself and if the ref only ejects Italians when its over let fifa deal with the mess after.

    • footballer4ever - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      I respectfully disagree with you, my football friend, that Italy should have taken retribution on Suarez. Forcing the issue and starting a brawl in which millions worldwide are watching sure would not look good on the Italians in the end. Football has issues with fans brawling in or out of the stadium, the last thing we need is footballer with your ghetto minded sportmanship or ghetto minded activity like Suarez exemplified.

      • psuhoffman - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        I’ve never been to a ghetto but I did play soccer through college and I was never bitten but had that happened I assure you I would have inflicted serious injury on that person in a fit of rage and retribution. It has nothing to do with the game or tactics its about some situations you just have to draw the line and stuck up for yourself if the so called authorities will not and that was such a situation. Just watching the repeated behaviors of the Uruguay players repeatedly putting their hands on the Italians all game long during any dispute then the biting incident made me wish I could jump through the tv and pop someone like they deserved and I could care less who won. It was just a matter of justice. Some things are bigger then a stupid game and teaching them a lesson was in my opinion worth any consequence. Perhaps if one of these times Suarez has his jaw broken and has to eat through a straw for a few months he will learn his lesson!!!

    • footballer4ever - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:43 PM


      “I’ve never been to a ghetto”

      The fact that you’ve never been to a ghetto does not mean you don’t think or act a thug. I understand the point you are trying to make, but your thuggish mentality does not let you rationalize and analyze things properly. It’s clear to see why you “college soccer” career did not take you anywhere besides possibly not being the footballing abilities.

  7. jolink653 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Why would you start a brawl? At the time, it was still 0-0 and if the result held then Italy goes through. As an athlete at that level, you have to be able to keep your composure and not hurt your team by getting yourself thrown off and reducing your side by at least another man.

    After the game is another matter. I was really hoping one of the Italians was gonna rush at Suarez and do the rest of the soccer world a favor by knocking his teeth out

  8. granadafan - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    I like how Suarez sees Chiellini go down, then decide that HE better go down as well and grabbing his mouth. Chiellini threw Suarez off him, but his arm, not elbow, grazed his face. Too bad it WASN’T the elbow though.

  9. clarab93 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Italians played dirty, exaggerated every “hit” by the uruguayans and the red card was totally fair, the italian deliberately kicked the uruguayan’s knee. I think Uruguay deserves the victory, the action Suárez is accused of didn’t affect the result at all

    • mj2sexay - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      are you kidding or are you just from Uruguay? First of all, the red card was iffy at best, but even if it was fair how can you say Suarez’s actions didn’t affect anything? Do you not understand how by having to mark Suarez with 10 men, Godin was able to break free for the header? What a joke.

  10. glestonsimmons - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Chiellini and the Italians are the reason I don’t watch football/soccer. Pathetic fakers and criers. They will do anything to steal a match, and succeed more often than not, so it’s intriguing to watch them speak in the name of fairness and justice. Complete hypocrites and the scourge of international football/soccer. Good riddance, losers.

    • mj2sexay - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      clearly someone lost their girlfriend/wife to an Italian. GFY pal.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Lols, i hate the way Italians play for the draw or penalties all the time.can’t blame people for hating such a boring and pathetic style.No attacking, no flow, no artistry… you’d think Italians themselves would demand more flair considering Italy has a reputation for fashion and arts…

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