Luis Suarez deserves to miss more than just the World Cup for allegedly biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay's showdown against Italy yesterday, according to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.
The Liverpool striker was embroiled in controversy once more last night as he appeared to sink his teeth into the shoulder of Chiellini during his country's 1-0 victory against Italy, which secured their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup.
FIFA have subsequently announced they have launched an investigation into the incident, although Suarez and his national team coach Oscar Tabarez have denied any wrongdoing. The Liverpool forward was banned for biting an opponent during his time with Ajax, and was handed a ten game suspension for a similar offence involving Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last season.
Amidst the furore, Uruguay secured a last-16 showdown with Colombia thanks to a late header from defender Diego Godin, although Suarez's participation in that game is now in doubt.
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Scholes, who made over 700 appearances for Manchester United, believes that the ban for biting Ivanovic wasn't long enough, and adds that the Liverpool man deserves more than to just miss the rest of Uruguay's World Cup campaign.
"Luis Suarez was banned for 10 games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in April 2013. That obviously wasn’t enough," said the Manchester United legend in his Paddy Power blog. On Tuesday night, with the biting incident on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s Group D clash, Suarez embarrassed his club, country and family.
"He will feel terrible tonight, and the entire incident is such a shame because he’s a tremendous player.
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"But people will remember Suarez now for his biting antics at this World Cup rather than his supreme footballing ability. Banning him for the rest of the World Cup is not enough, because Colombia will beat Uruguay in their next game anyway.
Speaking to the press after the game, Chiellini insisted that Suarez deserved to be sent off for the incident - which was not seen by the referee - but Uruguay captain Diego Lugano has angrily denied that Suarez had done anything wrong, accusing Chiellini of trying to dupe the match official.
"The worst of all was the attitude of Chiellini," former West Brom centre-back Lugano said. "He is a great player, has had a great career, and it is not normal in Italian football for a player to leave the pitch crying and accusing an opponent. He completely disappointed me as a man. I admired him."