Luis Suarez bite: Jamie Carragher blasts former Liverpool team-mate's 'disgraceful' bite and feels he could have paved own exit out of Anfield
Carragher cannot understand why Suarez would resort to biting another player unless he felt that he'd get away with it
Thursday 26 June 2014
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has admitted that the 2014 World Cup will be remembered for Luis Suarez’s bite on Giorgio Chiellini as much as the 1982 tournament is remembered for Harald Schumacher’s shocking collision that left Patrick Battiston unconscious.
Suarez faces a lengthy ban after he was accused of biting an opponent for the third time, with Chiellini displaying marks on his shoulder after clashing with the striker during Italy’s 1-0 defeat to Uruguay on Tuesday.
Suarez’s former team-mate Carragher has had his say on the matter, in which he admits that he is struggling to comprehend why he resort to such an act during a football match.
Writing in his exclusive column for the Daily Mail, Carragher said: “I still find the incident in Natal completely bizarre. I worked with Luis every day for two-and-a-half years at Liverpool and if you spent time in his company at Melwood, you would struggle to believe he was capable of such ridiculous moments.
“He’s a quiet lad, in the main. He’s not someone who squares up to people on the training ground if things don’t go his way and he’s not overly-aggressive or a bully. Yes, his desire to win is fierce but that is no different from a lot of top professionals.
“I hardly saw the West Germany goalkeeper [Schumacher] play but mention his name and I know immediately he was responsible for the outrageous collision in the semi-final that left France midfielder Patrick Battiston unconscious.
“It was one of the most shocking incidents in World Cup history but, unfortunately, Suarez has put himself in that bracket after biting Giorgio Chiellini. Rather than being regarded as one of the finest forwards in the game, he’s now simply known as the one who bites people.”
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Carragher went on to stress that while Suarez would be distraught with his actions, he is in no way defending the 27-year-old, whose actions he labelled “disgraceful” after everything Liverpool did to restore his reputation following his bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.
The ex-defender-turned TV pundit explained how in his opinion, Suarez chose to bite Chiellini – and Otman Bakkal and Ivanovic in the past – because he felt he could get away with it.
“Luis will be distraught today,” Carragher continued. “When he bit Branislav Ivanovic during a 2-2 draw with Chelsea in April 2013, in the days and weeks that followed you could see how much of an impact it had made on him. He was devastated, as was his wife, Sofia.
Luis Suarez holds his teeth while Giorgio Chiellini lies in pain “Do not think, however, I am looking to defend him. I didn’t when he tangled with Ivanovic and I’m not changing my view. Luis’s actions have been disgraceful and it defies belief that he could behave as if he was in a playground once again after everything Liverpool have done for him.
“Could there be an element he felt he would get away with it?
“Think about it: why would you choose to bite someone? When the red mist descends on a footballer, you may expect a punch to be thrown, an elbow to be swung or even a headbutt but if you bite someone, it is virtually impossible to be detected by match officials. No referee will ever see you if you get in close enough and TV pictures may prove inconclusive.”
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Suarez is set to find out his fate later today when Fifa announce their verdict after hearing the defence from Uruguay’s legal team on Wednesday night. Alejandro Balbi, a board member of the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF), has claimed that Suarez is the victim of a conspiracy from the English and Italians for helping to eliminate them from the World Cup as well as Brazilian media. He also went on to suggest Suarez came off worse than Chiellini.
AUF President Wilmar Valdez added that in his opinion there was not enough evidence to discipline the country’s hero, who has been heavily defended by his compatriots, while the latest call of support came from Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, who said “I didn’t see him bite anyone”.
Carragher finished by admitting the incident could be the final straw for Liverpool, with interest reportedly coming from Real Madrid and Barcelona regarding a big-money transfer this summer.
"Now you get the feeling that Liverpool might actually be relieved if Barcelona or Real come in with a bid that triggers a move," he said. "If a lucrative offer arrives in the next few weeks, I am convinced Suarez will be playing his football somewhere else next season."
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