FBL-ENG-PR-LIVERPOOL-CHELSEA-SUAREZOn Sunday, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez wounded Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanović’s arm with his teeth, in a practice that is commonly referred to as biting. He bit another human being. And not for the first time.

Such naughty behavior is perhaps more common to preschools than football pitches. At least, this seems to be the thinking of the English Football Association, which has decided to treat the incident as such by informing Suarez’s mother of the episode and requesting her assistance in ensuring that it does not happen again.


Typically, when we see an athlete react aggressively in the heat of the moment, we have some understanding based on empathy. Most of us have been in situations in which our first impulse might be to lash out physically. Depending on how well-adjusted we are to the social contract that governs us all, we might give in to this impulse or else control it. Nonetheless, we still feel it.

However, speaking personally, I’ve never, ever, in my entire adult life, felt the urge to violently bite another human being. I assume that this is common for most of us. And therefore, that small bit of empathy we might feel for an athlete who “loses it,” completely dissipates when teeth become involved.

Comments (7)

  1. Shame Liverpool only fined him. I dont think they can afford to loose him, but a fine in this day and age is basically a useless and dare I say toothless reaction to it !!!! Lets hope the FA has real fangs to get into this !!!

  2. Well, they do call it fighting “Tooth and claw” do they not? Is biting not marginally more manly than a raking someone with your nails? (If your nails are long enough to tear someone’s skin, that already casts dispersions on your masculinity.)

  3. The FA will sit him down for quite a while. If they don’t it will be an even bigger crime.

    if you watch just after the bite, how the living fuck does he have the natural instinct to call for the penalty after Ivanovic tosses him to the turf in the box? what an absolute turd. He needs some serious behavioural therapy. And his parents should be just horridly ashamed of what they have created.

    but fuck that was fun to watch.

    Poor Ivanovic…..will have to get tested for everything from rabies to the herp…..

  4. Talk about a hungry striker.

  5. Would love to have seen Susrez try this on any of the following

    Roy Keane , Vinny Jones or even Joey Barton

    No player is bigger than the club , reckon he will be gone over off season.

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