For the third time in four years, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been accused of biting someone on the soccer pitch, making himself the center of attention on the day his team advanced to the World Cup knockout stage.
Late in a scoreless Group D match, with Uruguay needing a win to advance, Suarez and Italian player Giorgio Chiellini tumbled to the ground. Replays appeared to show Suarez digging his teeth into Chiellini's arm.
Despite a series of arguments with officials, no penalty was issued. Diego Godin punched in the game winner for Uruguay moments later, eliminating Italy from the World Cup.
Suarez, who scored two goals in Uruguay's earlier defeat of England, has faced long suspensions for prior biting allegations. He was suspended for biting opposing players in 2010 and 2013, according to ESPN, and could now face a ban from international play if FIFA chooses to act.
The 27-year-old, who plays for Liverpool in the English Premier League, was also the center of controversy during a quarterfinal match at the 2010 World Cup. During a match with Ghana, Suarez clearly blocked what would have been the game-winning goal with his hands, earning an immediate red card and ejection.
Ghana missed the ensuing penalty kick, and Uruguay eventually moved on after winning a shootout.
"I made the save of the tournament," Suarez joked then, though the play drew stark criticism from other players, especially those on the Ghanaian national team.
The incident has already drawn a reaction on social media.
I guess any part of the body is up for eating.— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) June 24, 2014
And Suarez's Wikipedia page was briefly updated to describe him as a "Uruguayan footballer and vampire," but the joke was edited out by 12:30 p.m. PDT.
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