Uruguay international striker Luis Suarez is the most talked-about man in world football at the moment.
The Liverpool star has been suspended by FIFA for nine international matches and has been given a four-month ban from all footballing activities, effective immediately.
The reason for such a big punishment is his bite on Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s final Group D clash against Italy at the Arena das Dunas in Natal on Tuesday.
Without being provoked at all, the 27-year-old bit the Juventus centre-back on his shoulder in the 79th minute. Uruguay went on to win the match 1-0 and confirmed their place in the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup finals, but for Suarez it is all over.
The four-month ban for Suarez, which will see the former Ajax striker miss nine Premier League matches, three Champions League fixtures and one League Cup tie, has not gone down well with many Liverpool fans.
However, a certain Reds-linked star believes that Suarez’s punishment is just.
‘It was an ugly gesture that has no place at a World Cup,’ Goal.com quotes Chile defender Mauricio Isla as saying. ‘For FIFA, for everyone watching, it's something you don't want to see and now Uruguay have lost an important player’.
The 26-year-old Isla is currently at Italian champions Juventus, but there have been reports suggesting that both Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in his services.
Isla is a versatile player who features largely as a right-back and can also play in midfield, but will his comments about Suarez go down well with the Liverpool supporters?
Even if they don’t, it should not matter to Isla, who recently said that he has no plans of leaving Juventus this summer.
‘I have learned from many players at Juventus and continue to work hard’, he told La Tercera last week. ‘If the coach wants me to return, then I am glad because I want to do my best at the World Cup and then return to Juventus’.
Meanwhile, Suarez’s Uruguay teammate Diego Lugano has condemned FIFA for the punishment handed to Suarez and has backed the striker to ‘rise again’.
‘Indignation, impotence, I think that is what we all feel’, the Uruguay captain wrote on social networking site Twitter. ‘We would all like a more just world, but this world simply does not exist.
‘Those who decide will decide, while those that are strong will be strong. They don't judge us all by the same rules.
‘A hug to Luis, who will rise again as he always has done, and especially to his family, as families always suffer the most in these times. Keep feeling proud of him, he deserves it.
‘We will not stop at all. We'll keep going with humility, union, commitment, in recognition of our errors and with our heads always held high’.