For all the jokes, for all the throwaway Twitter giggles, and for all the wide-jawed reactions to what happened at Anfield, there is always going to be a genuine sadness at the prospect of Luis Suarez's Liverpool career ending in such a despicable fashion.
The Liverpool striker might have hit the last-gasp equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea, and it might have come 30 seconds after the game should have been finished.
For opposition fans, Suarez's bite represents a disgusting action perpetrated on a fellow professional. For Liverpool fans, it will be a massive disappointment for a player who has provided so many highlights during a barren time for the club since joining in January 2011.
However, it will be the opinion of the Liverpool owner, John W. Henry, which will dictate whether the Uruguay international has a future at Anfield.
The Football Association will come down heavily on the striker, and the draw with Chelsea will be Suarez's last game this season.
But the view of Fenway Sports Group will be the deciding factor.
Suarez was involved in a challenge with Chelsea defender Ivanovic in the 74th minute of the game and then held his opponent by the arm before sinking his teeth into the Serbia international.
The forward joined Liverpool in January 2011 from Ajax and has become a fan favourite for the Anfield supporters.
But Suarez has been in trouble before for biting an opponent, when he received a seven-match suspension after an incident involving Otman Bakkal of PSV Eindhoven in November 2010 (via The Guardian). Television cameras at Anfield caught Suarez biting Ivanovic, and the striker is set for a lengthy ban when the FA reviews the evidence.
Suarez has been linked with a move away from Anfield this summer, with Bayern Munich a possible destination, but the forward insisted in the Mail today that he was going nowhere. That choice is unlikely to remain in his hands anymore.
This has been a particularly emotional week for Liverpool. The 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster was commemorated on Monday, two days before one of its leading campaigners, Anne Williams, passed away.
Added to that, the tragic deaths at the Boston Marathon this week, in the city so closely associated with Liverpool after Fenway's purchase of Liverpool, was another poignant posting for the game against Chelsea.
A minute's applause preceded the draw with Chelsea in memory of Mrs. Williams, whose son Kevin was killed in Sheffield during the FA Cup semifinal against Nottingham Forest, and for the victims of the Boston bombings (Daily Mail).
This was not a match in which a player losing his temper would be tolerated. What Suarez did overstepped the mark of all decency.
Suarez deserves everything which will be thrown at him for what is a despicable act in any situation. His days are numbered at Anfield now, and, following the events today, few will bid him a fond farewell.
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