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After being bitten by Luis Suarez, Chiellini says four-month ban is ‘excessive’

Jun 27, 2014, 8:25 AM EDT

Giorgio Chiellini probably still has Luis Suarez‘s teeth marks imprinted on his left shoulder following the Uruguayan forwards bite on him during Italy’s 1-0 defeat and subsequent failure to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup.

The Italian defender has every right to publicly lambaste Suarez and his unprovoked bite which saw him banned by FIFA for four months from all soccer-related activity.

Instead, Chiellini took the high road.

Speaking about the in incident following Italy’s exit from the World Cup at the group stage, Chiellini had this to say on the hefty ban Suarez received.

“Now inside me there’s no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that’s done, There only remain the anger and the disappointment about the match. At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period.

“I have always considered unequivocal the disciplinary interventions by the competent bodies, but at the same time I believe that the proposed formula is excessive.

“I sincerely hope that he will be allowed, at least, to stay close to his team mates during the games because such a ban is really alienating for a player.”

Do you agree with Chiellini? Is Suarez being treated too harshly?

[VOTE: Was FIFA’s ban on Suarez long enough? ]

The Uruguayan star will miss the rest of the World Cup and has now flown back to Uruguay as his team continue their quest without their star man. Suarez, 27, is said to have had his FIFA credential revoked and is no longer allowed at the team hotel, stadium or any other soccer facility between now and October.

Many believed Suarez’s four-month ban could have been even worse. Expect, of course, for the man who hit bit.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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  1. geejon - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    If anything that ban was not harsh enough. The guy is BITING people!!! This isn’t a hard tackle on a player. He’s BITING people on a soccer pitch!! And its not “he lost it once in a split second of insanity” …. he’s doing this over and over. Four month ban? He’s lucky he’s not being arrested!!

    • michael03m - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      I would rather be bitten than have my leg broken by a bad tackle

  2. scoochpooch - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Just another example of someone enabling Suarez. Will it ever end?
    This is his 3rd biting offense and 5th terrible incident.

  3. raysfan1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    It would be excessive if it were the first or second offense. It’s not. It’s the third. FIFA could have hit him with 24 months. Hopefully he realizes that’s what’s next if there’s ever a fourth occurrence and chooses to behave like an adult from here on.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      FIFA told him he was being banned for 24 months…

      And then said that each month cost $100K.

      He paid them for 20 of those months to go away… hence his 4 month ban…

      Tis how FIFA rolls…

      • racashaun - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:10 AM

        lol moron.

  4. witchrunner - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    I wouldn’t necessarily call this a case of Chiellini taking the high road. Perhaps it’s more about seeing this a drive for harsher penalties and no one wants to be caught on the wrong end of any situation where it could adversely affect them.

  5. carryingconcealed - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    I have a question for everyone: How many of you could walk into your workplace, intentionally bite someone, and still have a job an hour later?

    This is the third biting incident for this POS, yet he has inexplicably dodged the well-deserved lifetime ban from soccer. Why?

  6. Gabbo - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    It’s probably on the lower end of what he could have gotten given his history. I would have given him a ban for rest of the calendar year. He’s still going to miss out on rest of World Cup matches (though I see he’s trying to appeal), plus Champions League and Copa Americana and couple months of EPL. I think he makes around $200k a week, so 4 months does hit the pocketbook too, plus whatever endorsements he had.

    Chiellini is on the dirty side too, so I agree with witchrunner. It’s not like he’ll play against Suarez in anything for likely years, so even a 2 year ban wouldn’t matter to Chiellini. It’s more on protecting himself.

    • racashaun - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:15 AM

      Well if you know anything about football contracts, he’s paid regardless if he plays or not. A ban will not force Liverpool to not honor the contract. They can fine him up to 4 weeks of his salary, other than that, if they refuse to pay they will be in breach of contract with him. They can sell him or terminate his contract (for a hefty, hefty, hefty fee, would probably have to pay out his entire salary til 2018 at one time if they terminate, which they won’t). So it doesn’t hit his pockets at all.. And endorsements.. Adidas won’t stop their endorsement, they will stop airing commercials for the world cup, but I would bet on it that they won’t do anything to him.

      So no.. His paycheck is still flying in. He lost a $1.5 Million sponsership, which is chump change to Suarez.

  7. godsholytrousers - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    This is not about discipline, you can’t discipline insanity.

    If you fix Suarez biting problem, you’ll ruin Suarez as a player. He has probably been a biter from toddler days. I’d wager he was a biter in the youth leagues, it just wasn’t reported.

    He is a monster in everyday life, but his world is not everyday life.

  8. douglasbruce40 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    This bite is NOT an isolated incident, it is the latest part of a pattern. He is not learning from these mamby pamby penalties so ban the boy for life. Then he can use the rest of his life to contemplate what could have been except for his disgusting behavior.

  9. gcstrings - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    How many of us can throw kicks to our workmates every day? Chiellini broke somebody’s leg at his “job”!!!! Pepe throw a header to Thomas Müller and it was just a red card. I agree that he had to be punished but they are not just punishing him, they are trying to ruin his carrier.

  10. mwelsh1977 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    I think banning him from the rest of the WC is plenty. This tourney is wide open and Uruguay had the chance to really go far. He has ruined that chance for his country and his teamates, and he should feel like sh#t for it.

  11. lawson1974 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    The ban that keeps him out for 4 months is excessive.
    We freak out because its a bite, but it did very little real damage.
    Out of the rest of the WC would have been plenty.
    We see far more dangerous tackles and elbows that don’t get 10 percent of this penalty.

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