Liverpool striker Luis Suarez finds himself in hot water this morning after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s 1-0 win against Italy, which put them through to the last 16.
Suarez’ motives for the action are unclear but it’s a step backwards in what has otherwise been a fantastic year for the player.
After he bit an opponent at Ajax and after the Branislav Ivanovic incident, many Liverpool fans would have hoped that he’d moved on and while his actions yesterday won’t affect his club, he could be punished at international level.
Chiellini has never been the best centre-back to watch and he does get under the skin of strikers he comes up against, but that doesn’t excuse Suarez losing the plot and showing a side to his character he’s done well to contain over the past year.
FIFA have confirmed they will be investigating the incident and if the Liverpool forward gets a lengthy ban, it could be the end of his tournament in Brazil.
That spells danger for Brendan Rodgers and the club because initial reports suggest the forward could be banned from all forms of football for two years, which would place the boss under enormous pressure over what to do in relation to the player's future.
It all adds up to unnecessary stress for his club, who are also having to contend with stories of a potential move to La Liga for the forward.
After this incident, some will simply suggest the club are better off letting him go to Real Madrid or Barcelona, but he’s still the best attacking player that Liverpool have and someone who will be important to them domestically and in Europe next season.
Brendan Rodgers is arguably faced with one of the biggest challenges of his Liverpool career as he’s likely to be bombarded with questions relating to the incident.
Here’s what Liverpool fans had to say on Twitter.
I am a Liverpool fan and I love Suarez but his biting habit does not belong in the pitch. He must be punished.— Ntea Michael Hoaeane (@nteah) June 25, 2014
Being a Liverpool fan my natural reaction would be to defend Suarez, but that's three times he's done it now. #BanSuarez— Shaun O Clark (@ShaunOClark) June 24, 2014
Suarez is a disgrace of a human being and a magnificent player. What's new?— Aaron Giambattista (@agiamba) June 25, 2014
I no longer care how good Suarez is. It's indefensible. He's a disgrace to football and embarrassment to LFC. £80m and be gone with him.— John Marczak (@JMMarczak) June 24, 2014
Seeing #LFC fans defending Suarez is shameful, the blokes a disgrace...— David Tench (@DJT3NCH) June 24, 2014
Utter disgrace from Suarez..one of the greatest LFC players ever but to do this again on the world stage ..lost for words— steve winstanley (@stevewin74) June 24, 2014
Other clubs will be laughing at the Suarez situation, and how #lfc fans are defending him. No one is bigger than the club. He is a disgrace.— Ant (@shanklysgates) June 24, 2014