Luis Suarez: Twitter Reacts to Liverpool Star's Bite on Chelsea's Ivanovic
Apparently, there was an important game at Anfield on Sunday. Liverpool drew 2-2 against Chelsea as Rafael Benitez returned to his former stomping ground, but as always, Luis Suarez stole all the headlines by biting Branislav Ivanovic's shoulder in the second half.
It's not Suarez's first time flirting with controversy at Liverpool, of course, and it's not even his first time biting an opponent. Back in Ajax, Suarez earned the nickname "The Cannibal" for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal.
But this latest episode in Suarez's crazy antics in the Liverpool shirt must upstage all of his previous incidents, and true to our expectations, Twitter exploded with all the wit and outrage we could hope for after the bite.
Let's not forget that Suarez, ever the headline-hogger, scored a last-gasp equalizer for the Reds in the 96th minute. So here's Jim Proudfoot with the zinger...
Out of the jaws of defeat...— Jim Proudfoot (@JimProudfoot) April 21, 2013
Of course, the fact that biting an opponent is such an incomprehensible act led Forbes' Zach Slaton to ponder about the exact psychology happening in Suarez's mind...
Sports psychologists everywhere: Please explain why athletes like Suarez & Tyson bite their opponents. Gotta be something psychological.— Zach Slaton (@the_number_game) April 21, 2013
Then there's ESPNFC's James Tyler quoting the legendary Brian Clough on the principles of football. Or maybe not.
"If God wanted us to play football with our teeth, he would have made the ball out of ground beef." -- not Brian Clough— James Tyler (@JamesTylerESPN) April 21, 2013
With Suarez likely to get a suspension and no obvious striker to replace him, Brendan Rodgers might have a bit of a selection toothache.— JB (@gunnerpunner) April 21, 2013
But the Daily Mail's Adam Crafton took a slightly more serious interpretation of proceedings:
The FA should be handing out a punishment, but it's time football clubs started self-regulating more. Suarez's actions now indefensible.— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) April 21, 2013
Liverpool writer Paul Tomkins also wondered whether Suarez should be sold...
Tempted to say if an offer for £50m #LFC should bite their hands off. But that'd be a 7 game ban too— Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins) April 21, 2013
Bleacher Report's own Stuart Latimer guessed that this might actually have been a calculated move on Suarez's part to enable a summer transfer...
Suarez chomping at the bit for a transfer? Horrible man, knew what he was doing, no other explanation, makes his exit easier for all parties— Stuart Latimer (@ultrastartime) April 21, 2013
Meanwhile, #PlayersOnTheSuarezMenu started trending with fans offering up variations of footballers' names as delicacies...
#PlayersOnTheSuarezMenu Bacary Lasagne— Arsenal FC (@FFArsenal) April 21, 2013
But ultimately, incidents like this just shouldn't take the limelight away from any game. Here's @Get_Goal_Side reminding us of the greater issues facing us football fans:
Guys let's not overlook the fact that Mancini put Lescott up front earlier. Cheers.— Get Goal Side (@Get_Goal_Side) April 21, 2013
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