Suarez in new 'biting' controversy

Apr 22, 2013, 00:46 IST | AFP

Liverpool's trouble-prone striker Luis Suarez sparked fresh controversy yesterday when he appeared to bite Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during their Premier League encounter at Anfield.

The incident occurred mid-way through the second half, with Liverpool trailing 2-1, and saw the Uruguayan apparently sink his teeth into the Serbian defender’s upper arm after a penalty-area tussle. Ivanovic pushed Suarez away but referee Kevin Friend did not appear to see the incident and took no action.

Branislav Ivanovic and Luis Suarez
Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic (left) talks with Luis Suarez of Liverpool as they walk in for half time at Anfield yesterday. PIC/Getty Images

Villain to hero
However, Suarez scored Liverpool’s equaliser in the 97th minute to give his side a valuable point against the Blues. Suarez had earlier been booked for a handball that gifted Chelsea the penalty from which Eden Hazard put them 2-1 up. Suarez, 26, has regularly hit the headlines since joining Liverpool from Dutch club Ajax two years ago.

Troubled past
He has frequently attracted criticism for diving and was banned for eight matches after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a game in October 2011.

In an apparent precursor to yesterday’s incident, he was once banned for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven player Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax during a Dutch league game in November 2010.  He left Ajax for Liverpool before he could complete his suspension.  

Final score
Liverpool 2 (Sturridge 52, Suarez 90+7) drew with Chelsea 2 (Oscar 26, Hazard 57-penalty)

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