Suarez in hot water over apparent Ivanovic bite

April 21, 2013
Suarez in the 'last-chance saloon' at Liverpool after Ivanovic incident, claims Souness

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could face disciplinary action after he appeared to bite Chelsea center back Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield on Sunday.

With the Anfield outfit trailing to the Blues, and having himself given away a penalty moments earlier, Suarez seemed to grab Ivanovic's arm and sink his teeth into the defender after a coming together between the pair. The Serbian international gesticulated that Suarez had bitten him, appealing to the referee, but the incident was not spotted by the match officials.

Suarez, no stranger to controversy, was involved in a similar episode while at Ajax, where he was handed a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal. On that occasion, the referee did not spot the incident at the time - despite Bakkal lifting his shirt to reveal bite marks - but the Uruguayan was retrospectively handed a lengthy ban and fined by his club.

It is not the first time a Premier League player has bitten an opponent, with Jermain Defoe having nibbled on West Ham midfielder Javier Mascherano in October 2006. The Tottenham forward bit the Argentine on the shoulder, but he was booked by referee Steve Bennett preventing the FA from taking retrospective action.

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