If Luis Suarez is going to keep sampling opposing defenders, it’s time FIFA took a bite out of his paycheck. Time and time again, Suarez has shown he can’t behave himself on the field, so he has left the governing body with little recourse.
Suarez ought to be suspended – and not just for the rest of the World Cup – for a year from all FIFA-sanctioned competition, including the dissolution of his Liverpool contract, if the club wants it.
Losing one’s temper is one thing; the inability to control it is another.
Suarez, inarguably, fits in the latter half. When Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini on Tuesday, it was the third time he has bitten an opponent. (And all in different countries. One can only hope Suarez’s passport is littered with bite-mark stamps commemorating his playing career.)
Add the biting incidents to a racial taunting incident for which he was suspended from the English Premier League, Suarez clearly has a pattern of behavior as a red card waiting to happen.
Suarez’s bite Tuesday was the highest-profile of all of them, and given the amount of cameras trained on every square inch of the field and number of people worldwide watching the game, Suarez’s greatest crime this time was stupidity.
If Suarez, for even a glimmer of a second, thought he would come away unscathed, he’s truly as rotten as the English press has been saying all along.
That Suarez didn’t cost Uruguay qualification was something of a miracle. Without question, Suarez should have been shown straight red, which would have evened the game against an Italy side that already had a player sent off.
Had Suarez been given the card, there’s no way Uruguay wins the game, and the Italians go through.
Instead, the official missed the call, Uruguay scored the goal it needed and advanced at the Italians’ expense. Granted, Italy isn’t exactly the most sympathetic victim, but there is no denying the course of the Cup has been changed by the non-call.
In that sense, Suarez escaped punishment from FIFA.
Hopefully, for the last time.
Game Of The Day: France vs. Ecuador, 3 p.m. This group could be the best candidate for last-day wildness.
Everybody still has a shot, though France would have to collapse spectacularly to miss the knockout rounds. The Swiss, however, need a win against Honduras and help from France.
If the French can win this game, a draw will do for Switzerland. If Ecuador goes ahead, the Swiss better start scoring, and fast.
Yanks Corner: Jozy Altidore was ruled out officially from the Germany game, though that’s a bigger deal than it was against Portugal. The Portuguese defense was falling apart by the time it met the United States, and by the middle of the second half, nobody thought to miss Altidore.
That won’t be the case against what might be the best back line in the world.
Without a hold-up forward, how does the U.S. keep possession – let alone score goals – in the final third?
For The Novice: If you were amazed by how little Greece impressed you, and you’re trying to figure out how in the world the Greeks made it this far, congratulations: you’re no longer a novice.
You’re officially part of the world-soccer community, which has been mulling the same things for a decade.