It was the bite seen ‘round the world. Toward the end of their 2014 group stage match against Italy, Uruguay striker Luis Suárez got into a tussle with Azzurri center back Giorgio Chiellini inside the box — and decided to sink his teeth into Chiellini’s shoulder.
The furious defender showed the puncture marks to the referee, while Suarez — perhaps realizing he’d bitten off more that he could chew — began theatrically checking his teeth as if Chiellini had shouldered him in the chops. Inside the stadium, it was hard to know what the fuss was about.
Outside of it, the replays beamed across the globe showed millions what had happened. But Brazil 2014 was the last World Cup not to use video assistant referees, and the man in the middle that day missed the chomp. FIFA wasn’t amused, though, banning Suarez — who had been involved in biting incidents twice before — for nine international games.
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