Pele insists Luis Suarez is still worse than Diego Costa

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Chelsea's controversial striker Diego Costa annoyed a lot of people with his antics against Arsenal on Saturday, including the Football Association, it would seem.

The Brazilian was handed a three-game ban after pushing Laurent Koscielny in the face, but let's give him credit when it's due: at least he didn't bite him.

After all, another controversial Premier League star, albeit a former one, failed to resist that very same temptation on several occasions throughout his career.


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Yes, no matter how bad you think Costa is, what Luis Suarez did to Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic while playing for Liverpool was worse. That is according to Brazil legend and media-lovey Pele.

In fact, Suarez has bitten three opponents in a career of stratospheric heights and dismal lows, including on the biggest stage of all; biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder at last year's World Cup.

Common practice

Pele believes that Costa's actions need to be compared to Suarez, who has since gone on to rebuild his reputation alongside Neymar and Leo Messi at Barcelona.

When asked about Costa's actions, Pele told Agence France-Presse: "Listen, this to me was so common [in the 60s and 70s].

"I suffered all my life with good marking. He’s a very good player, everybody knows.

"This was one moment. The striker who bit someone, Luis Suarez, was worse than this."

In agreement

The FA obviously agree with Pele. They dished out a ten-game ban to Suarez for his bite on Ivanovic while Costa got off with a standard three. Fifa went a bit crazy after the Uruguayan bit Chiellini in front of a huge global audience, banning him from all football activities for four months.

That didn't stop Barcelona forking out £75million that same summer to sign him from Liverpool, making him the third most expensive player of all time.

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