Luis Suarez Gloats About FIFA’s Demise, As World Cup Bite Ban Finally Ends


March 22, 2016

Luis Suarez is finally free. That is, free to play international soccer competitively again.

Suarez has finished serving the nine-game ban FIFA gave him in 2014 for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the last World Cup in Brazil. On Tuesday, the Uruguay striker reflected on his lengthy suspension but also seemed to delight in the hits FIFA has taken in the last year amid its corruption and bribery scandal.

“I made a mistake,” Suarez told Mundo Deportivo, according to Sky Sports. “But there was no logic to the punishment. For four months I was not even allowed to train with my club.

“I was punished more than if I had taken drugs. But everyone gets what they deserve and you only have to look at how FIFA is now and that tells you everything you need to know (about the organization).”

Suarez, 29, is expected to feature for Uruguay when it takes on Brazil on Saturday and Peru next Wednesday in COMNEBOL World Cup qualifying.

He has gone from World Cup villain to certified FC Barcelona hero since he last played international soccer.

Many wonder how the ultra-competitive Suarez will fare when he returns to the field for his country. One thing is for sure: He won’t bite anyone else. The price he’d have to pay would simply be too high, regardless of who is running FIFA these days.

Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Jun 24, 2014; Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, BRAZIL; Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) sits on the ground checking his mouth after he allegedly bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini (3) during the second half of Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy in a 2014 World Cup game at Estadio das Dunas. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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