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Luis Suarez' World Cup bite ? There's already an app for that

Luis Suarez Bite

Uruguay and Liverpool star Luis Suarez may have exited the World Cup in disgrace after biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini, but the incident is proving an inspiration for mobile app developers.

Polish firm Playsoft has beaten its rivals to the punch – or, indeed, the chomp – by developing a mobile game called Suarez Soccer Bite. It's already available for Android devices, with iOS to follow when the game is approved by Apple.

The entirely-unofficial free game challenges players to "soccer bite with your friends", gnashing away at Italian players while avoiding the temptation to bite the referee characters and get a red card. The friends aspect comes through Facebook challenges.

"The idea to create this game came up on Friday afternoon, and two programmers and two graphic designers jumped into a development marathon to deliver the game after the weekend," said Playsoft's Pierre Olivier Monteil.

"We are happy with the result that we achieved in such a short period of time and hope people will enjoy playing it."

Whether Suarez's lawyers will be quite so keen on the idea – particularly its fake endorsement from the star – "By far the best Soccer Bite game. I am training on it" – is another story entirely.

Suarez apologised to Chiellini earlier this week, after being handed a four-month ban from football by the sport's governing body FIFA.

"The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me. For this I deeply regret what occurred," said Suarez in a public statement.

"I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family. I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this."

Even before the new app, internet users had turned Suarez' latest on-field biting incident into a meme, swapping doctored images on social networks. Meanwhile, one wag created a trailer for imaginary movie The Suarez of the Lambs, with Luis playing the Hannibal Lecter role.

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Stuart Dredge, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 1st July 2014 18.15 Europe/London

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