الثلاثاء , أغسطس 3 2021

Suarez loses sponsor because of bite

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has lost one of his financial backers after he was banned for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Online gambling firm 888poker said it had “decided to terminate its relationship” with “immediate effect”.

Everyone knows what they’ve done to Luis. They wanted him out of the World Cup. Perfect, they did it. They chucked him out of there like a dog

Lila Piriz Da Rosa
Suarez’s grandmother

The Liverpool player, 27, was handed a

four-month ban

by governing body Fifa after being found guilty of biting Chiellini during a World Cup match.

Suarez cannot play for either club or country until the end of October.

He misses the rest of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

Uruguay will play Colombia in the

last 16 on Saturday

after qualifying from Group D behind Costa Rica.

Suarez joined 888poker as a worldwide ambassador shortly before the World Cup, and produced several video diaries for the website during the tournament, including one after his two goals in the

2-1 victory over England.

A man holds his arm in front of an advertising placard showing Suarez flashing his teeth at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

A man holds his arm in front of an advertising placard showing Suarez flashing his teeth

Suarez’s boot deal with Adidas could also be in jeopardy after the sportswear manufacturer announced on Thursday it would consider its partnership with the player.

Suarez learned of his ban on Thursday after Fifa decided to open disciplinary proceedings.

He was judged to have bitten centre-half Chiellini on the left shoulder towards the end of Tuesday’s group game, which

Uruguay won 1-0

to qualify for the next stage.

Suarez denied the allegations, claiming Chiellini had bumped into him.

But Fifa decided he was guilty and handed him the longest ban in World Cup history.

As well as a four-month ban from any football-related activity, Suarez was also given a nine-match international suspension.

Uruguay football officials say they plan to appeal against the suspension.

The decision to ban Suarez for four months has split opinion.

While the likes of former England captain Alan Shearer and ex-USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel have argued the ban is fair, reaction in Uruguay has largely been of anger.

Huge crowds gathered at Carrasco International Airport near Montevideo on Thursday as expectations grew that Suarez would be flying there.

Uruguay’s Sports Minister Liliam Kechichian said the punishment was a “disproportionate sanction” that “hurts us”, while Uruguay Football Association president Wilmar Valdez claimed the ban was “excessive”.

Fans wait for Luis Suarez at Carrasco International Airport near Montevideo

Fans wait for Luis Suarez at Carrasco International Airport near Montevideo

He added: “It feels like Uruguay has been thrown out of the World Cup.”

Suarez’s lawyer, Alejandro Balbi, said the player was “totally distraught”, while his grandmother, Lila Piriz Da Rosa, said her grandson had been treated like “a dog”.

She added: “Everyone knows what they’ve done to Luis. They wanted him out of the World Cup. Perfect, they did it.”

A child shows his support for Suarez by wearing plastic vampire's teeth at Carrasco International Airport near Montevideo

A child shows his support for Suarez by wearing plastic vampire’s teeth

Meanwhile, Liverpool say they will wait for the official report on the Suarez case before deciding their next move.

This is the third time the player has been banned for biting and he will miss nine Premier League games while he serves his latest suspension.

The Professional Footballers’ Association has again offered its services to Suarez after helping him following his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in April 2013.

Suarez embraces a member of the Uruguay coaching set-up at the team's hotel in Natal on Thursday

Suarez embraces a member of the Uruguay coaching set-up at the team’s hotel in Natal on Thursday

“This is a human being who is clearly one of the best footballers in the world but he has this trait in his character which is so abnormal that needs looking at,” PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor told BBC Sport.

“We thought we’d got him back on track.”

It remains to be seen whether Liverpool stick by Suarez, who had been linked with moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid prior to his ban.

Taylor also felt Suarez’s punishment would have major ramifications for players who regularly play international football.

“It’s going to increase that tension between club and country,” he said.

He argued clubs would think twice about allowing their players to feature for their country if they could suffer punishments on international duty that could impact on their involvement in their domestic leagues.

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