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On This Day in 2013: Luis Suarez causes outrage by biting Branislav Ivanovic

Suarez had already found himself in hot water for biting PSV’s Otman Bakkal when at Ajax.

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Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, right, bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic on April 21, 2013 (Peter Byrne/PA)

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, right, bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic on April 21, 2013 (Peter Byrne/PA)

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, right, bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic on April 21, 2013 (Peter Byrne/PA)

Luis Suarez further tarnished his reputation on April 21, 2013 when he bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic while playing for Liverpool.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look back at the incident and the significant fall-out of it.

The previous rap sheet

Suarez's rap sheet was lengthy before the Ivanovic incident, inclduing racist abuse of Patrice Evra
Suarez’s rap sheet was lengthy before the Ivanovic incident, inclduing racist abuse of Patrice Evra (Martin Rickett/PA)


The incident

The Uruguay international had just given a penalty away in the Premier League clash with Chelsea that allowed the London club to go 2-1 in front. Soon after, perhaps frustrated, Suarez was grappling with Ivanovic in the Chelsea penalty when he inexplicably sunk his teeth into his opponents shoulder. Ivanovic went down in pain, but the incident was missed by all the match officials and there was no VAR to call on. That proved a massive point of contention as Suarez stayed on the pitch and scored an equaliser deep into injury time. The television cameras did catch it, though, so there was no escape for Suarez, who received widespread condemnation, including from then Prime Minister David Cameron. The Football Association sent the case to an independent panel, who imposed a 10-game ban on him, ending his season.

What happened next?

Luis Suarez disgraced himself at the 2014 World Cup after another biting incident
Luis Suarez disgraced himself at the 2014 World Cup after another biting incident (Mike Egerton/PA)


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