Saturday June 28 2014
Uruguay are Suarez enablers

Luis Suarez deserved the ban for biting, but above all for Uruguay’s ludicrous attempts to justify him, argues Susy Campanale.

Luis Suarez has worked very hard to earn his reputation as one of the most hated players in world football, courting controversy both at club and international level. This isn’t the first time he’s got his teeth into a juicy scandal, but the reaction to the bite on Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder sets it apart from previous incidents. Suarez and every Uruguayan institution has made him into a laughing stock.

When Suarez was caught on camera for the second time in his career biting an opponent, he had the wherewithall to apologise publicly for his behaviour. He promised never to do it again, presumably aware this would cut down his ban. The third time, when frankly it’s starting to look like less of a mistake and more some sort of biting fetish, he ought to pile on the remorse. Say you’ll seek help, confess to having a problem and pleading for clemency.

It’s very difficult to feel any kind of sympathy for a man whose official defence to FIFA was “I lost my balance and fell on Chiellini’s shoulder with my teeth.” Homer Simpson has thought up more believable excuses than that. In the plausibility stakes, it’s on a par with “he ran into my fist, Officer.”

Yet the Uruguayan Federation still managed to out-do their player by claiming an international conspiracy to Photoshop pictures of Chiellini’s shoulder with imaginary bite-marks. One presumes the same shadowy cabal also instantly digitally adjusted all the different video images that were beamed live around the world of Suarez clamping his jaws around the defender’s sinews. Faking the Moon landings seems like a doddle in comparison.

The insistence that Suarez “did nothing wrong,” that somehow Chiellini provoked him into a bite, that he is a wronged hero who should continue in the World Cup quite simply because the tournament needs star players, is offensively stupid. It also explains why he keeps doing this, as clearly in his country gnawing on people is a perfectly acceptable part of the game.

The entire nation of Uruguay, all the way up to the President, are enablers for Suarez. Their aggressive support and defence of the indefensible is preventing him from getting the help he sorely needs. As long as he keeps on thinking that biting opponents is alright, he’ll continue to fall into the trap of his own making. Even worse, he’ll absorb their siege mentality and believe everyone is against him, which in turn will fuel his evident anger management problem.

Of course Chiellini said a four-month ban was excessive, as he’s not new to embarrassing moments of madness himself. I still recall him pulling Edinson Cavani’s hair during a particularly ill-tempered Juventus-Napoli, not to mention his three-game suspension for elbowing Miralem Pjanic at the end of the season. He couldn’t demand too harsh a punishment for fear it’d come back to, er, bite him.

The rest of us, however, can have no sympathy whatsoever for Suarez. He deserves everything he gets and more. What FIFA have to worry about now is how they’ll deal with him the next time he bites someone. You just know there will be a next time. Will Uruguay continue to proclaim his innocence then?

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Have your say...
The most effective punishment would be for opposing players to refuse to take the pitch whenever this madman is slated to play.
on the 5th July, 2014 at 10:18am
@Derek Carty Dare I say Uruaguay's attack seemed toothless compared to their previous game.
on the 5th July, 2014 at 10:16am
Suarez fully deserves his ban. Thaht kind of behaviour is deplorable. What is more deplorable, is the blind determination by which the Uruguyan FA is trying to make him look like the 'hunted one'. Its an insult to ppl's intelligence to suggest that Chiellini was play acting. Zidane was red carded in the 2006 final for a headbutt. Suarez should consider himself lucky that he actually managed to go unpunished.
on the 1st July, 2014 at 12:20pm
I think people should have more sympathy for him, its blatantly obvious he has some kind of psychological issue, that has not been addressed efficiently.

The people that are calling him a monster and the tasteless jokes that are popping up everywhere is terrible, this is most probably a person with a diagnosable problem, imagine the uproar if he had already been diagnosed with, say autism and this kind of ridicule happened.

I do agree the apologisers don't help either.
on the 30th June, 2014 at 12:20am
Am amazed that the people of Uruguay haven't turned on Suarez as he knocked his own country out of the world cup(same as Marchisio)

This ban was lenient.Its his third biting incident added to one for racial abuse.What does he actually have to do to get a years ban.

Its not a 4 month domestic ban as the domestic season doesn't start for another few weeks.

As for Liverpool,they knew they were holding onto a timebomb after his last ban so no sympathy for them whatsoever.
on the 29th June, 2014 at 8:16pm
I agree with Aussie Bob,what Saurez has done not once,not twice but three times(hat trick of bites)needs mental attention.In the real world he would have been sectioned under the mental health act.What he has done and may do again is not a joke!!!In Uruguay they think different by the way they deny he had done it.I think Saurez and Uruguay need to be banned from world football ,to show that this act of violence is not allowed in sport.

Frank M.
on the 29th June, 2014 at 7:18pm
Suarez as u said bit many players allegedly but were where these reports prior to this world cup? The hypocrites act like they r outraged about his biting when in truth they r angry dat he dumped their countries out
on the 29th June, 2014 at 6:35pm
@Joe do you really think his biting is the issue here? The real issue is that he helped put out England and Italy out of the world cup then they hypocrites come out of the woodwork to blast his xter as if he has ever played the good guy. In 1990 the world knew Maradona took cocaine except for the fact that he had been an addict from his days at Barca. He helped put Italy out and then he and Cannigia are suspended for cocaine usage. 
on the 29th June, 2014 at 6:30pm
@Dennis.Really Dennis! Suarez has done it twice before and suspended for both of those incidents. There are reports that he bit an additional 5 times. He's completely left himself open to criticism. He couldn't make it worse than if he tried. The fact is, Suarez let Uruguay down. Why would you bite if you already know it will lead to suspension. They defend him because Uruguay depends too much on him as a player and really wanted the WC. As a result, all logic and reason went out the door
on the 29th June, 2014 at 3:34pm
@Derek Carty

Dare I say Uruaguay's attack seemed toothless compared to their previous game.
on the 29th June, 2014 at 3:10pm
@Dessert5. Totally agree. Society has totally misplaced their values by holding up pro athletes as gods. The fans are the ones that put them on the pedestal. The athlete gladly accepts it and feels they can commit stupid actions towards other athletes and fans. That's funny, we are the ones that put them on the pedestal just to have these 'heroes', in essence, spit in our faces as a show of gratitude. Not always the case, but when you're a young, rich athlete(god), behaviour issues may arise.
on the 29th June, 2014 at 1:22pm
Uruguay were very poor against Colombia. They seemed to lack a bit of bite up front...
on the 29th June, 2014 at 1:12pm
moralistic hypocritical view of the world. This from a country that racism and violence are rampant in football stadia where supporters threaten players' lives. I do not condone what Suarez did but I am in no position to pass judgment on him unlike the whiter than white people you find on forums. Always judging and making idiotic comments. Like Maradona said he did not kill and he is not a paedophile. He just likes to bite ppl as ridiculous as that sounds. Just as ZZ headbutts when provoked.
on the 29th June, 2014 at 1:11pm
Reading some of the comments on here all judgmental by people that no doubt have never done anything bad in their lives but there was 1 that took the cake suggesting Nadal to bite Federer from 100 yards away in a sport that has no contact. They do bite all the time in rugby ya know. I knew someone that always bit people when he got into a fight so it could be an illness or something that Suarez has that makes him react this way.Some ppl expected Uruguay to disown its best player 2 fit into
on the 29th June, 2014 at 1:06pm
Susy, you're an Italian, and you didn't read the original transcript of the interview that Chiellini gave ?? Chiellini did not mean the ban is "excessive", he meant "it's not fair for him to be separated from his teammates and friends in the footballing community as a part of the ban"....

Jesus Christ, is your grasp of Italian really that poor ??

Saying Giorgio meant it was excessive because it might mean retribution for him in the future is ALSO in very poor taste for a journalist....
on the 29th June, 2014 at 11:11am
I could not care less about Suarez. His biting, defense, rehabilitation will have no effect on Italian football. If we want to talk Uruguay, wasn't interesting to see the Colombian "made in Italy" defence handle Uruguay easily. interesting to again see none of the S American teams pass the ball to death. colombia's athletic & attractive nature giving them their OWN identity. Lastly hope italian football sees how you deal with a defensive minded team - your world class players comes to the table.
on the 29th June, 2014 at 10:01am
I cannot believe how a minority of people are sticking up for this obviously disturbed man.The lies by Suarez,his teammates,manager and his president are embarrassing, the whole world witnessed what he did and if he was made to own up and apologize by his manager,teammates and president his punishment would not have been so severe and the whole world would have applauded his honesty.As for Lugano to say that his ban is Barbaric what an idiot, what Suarez did is Barbaric.
on the 29th June, 2014 at 9:25am
Come on what do you expect from Uruguay it is a small nation attacked by every one of it neighbours from its inception of course they have going defend the name of it most famous citizens.

It is sad that people are still talking about this it of course it is a disgraceful act but in football as a whole it is footnote at best. It is annoying as well to see writers dedicate themselves to this rather than exposing fifa affectively selling off world cups for back pocket money.
on the 29th June, 2014 at 9:12am
By your logic, Italy, as a nation, should have been banned from the 1982 world cup because they brought back Rossi before his ban was served. Regarding Suarez, Uruguay winning the WC is not part of the media "agenda", unlike Liverpool winning the EPL last season, Suarez should have been booked for simulation several times but was not, because the media wanted Liverpool as champions, because it was the 25 anniversary of Hillsborough.
on the 29th June, 2014 at 5:19am
Great article Susy :)
Society in general nowadays 'enables' all sorts of people and behaviours. It is particularly bad in sport, where these 'legends' and 'heroes' are put on a pedestal for no other reason than they can kick a ball or run fast. I can almost understand aggressive/violent players, as what they do is straight forward and clear cut: they go out to take other players out; but this case is genuinely bizarre. Who bites another person? Seriously. Bi-polar or what!?
on the 29th June, 2014 at 3:36am
You are absolutely correct, Susy. I would have still supported Uruguay if not for the continuing denial by their coach and players. Instead, I was glad to see the team beaten by Colombia.

Uruguay are exhibiting a problem in society: if you're one of "us" you can do no wrong. There is no objective morality anymore. Tribalistic thinking.
on the 29th June, 2014 at 12:56am
The most effective punishment would be for opposing players to refuse to take the pitch whenever this madman is slated to play.
on the 29th June, 2014 at 12:41am
They could have at first could got some sympathy from the neutrals but considering the governments stupid statement it shows entire nation of Uruguay are enablers - the government does represent the nation does it not? Politics should have stayed out of it but as we know they cant help themselves. Now I am sure Italy will be blamed that Uruguay have been eliminated. We have not heard the last of it.
on the 29th June, 2014 at 12:08am
At first I thought only he should be banned for the maximum possible for this ridiculous act! But after listening to his rubbish, his government, the nations FA and the fans I think the whole dam team should have been banned! This is the state of modern society and football, 30 years ago this rubbish would never happen, now we spend our money time and everything idealizing stupid and dam right disrespectful players- who are over paid and treated like royalty! Get rid of all of em
on the 28th June, 2014 at 11:16pm
Agree with the sentiments Susy, but your tone is a tad aggressive. To suggest that the entire nation of Uruguay are enablers for Suarez, or that such action is prevalent in the country is harsh - it is never good to tarnish the masses for the action of one. Ironic really, when you were one that claimed closing of entire stands for derogatory chants was excessive and that individuals should be singled out. You can't choose when the glove fits.
on the 28th June, 2014 at 11:00pm
Ban him for life!Three times biting somebody plus the racial abuse to the ghana players and patrice evra, enough is enough. FIFA is trying to promote a sport that has sportsmanship and integrity not a circus. Its to bad people have to cheat and be ignorant. It is such a waste of talent
on the 28th June, 2014 at 10:46pm
I work in a maternity school and nobody bites anybody else. The worst thing is that the guy's government has defended him. Funny as hell, but not sport. Imagine what would happen if Nadal bit Federer. Suarez is a baby.
on the 28th June, 2014 at 10:21pm
I like the muzzle idea too ! Mock a toothslayer , however the press did get the better out of him . He is not that crazy as it looks !!! Sly is the word from chellini . Trying to get a reaction and sending off to gain advantage !!!
on the 28th June, 2014 at 10:04pm
Uruguayan Captain and West Brom REJECT Diego Lugano is a disgrace to football. If ever there was evidence for how detached footballers are from reality, it was encapsulated by Lugano´s petulance, blatant denials and claims of victimisation. Bravo Mujica aswell you have shown yourself really to be in touch with the common man whilst defending the unstable multimillionaire and serial muncher Suarez.
on the 28th June, 2014 at 9:34pm
FIFA should have given him an option & us some entertainment. They should have given him a choice. Either sit out your ban or play with a muzzle. Now that would have been funny & embarrassing & if Uruguay wanted him so badly they would have fitted him with the muzzle. Why FIFA did not insist mental help for this man is beyond me. If a man did this in the real world 3 times the system would force mental help as part of the punishment.
on the 28th June, 2014 at 9:25pm

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