The aftermath that followed Luis Suarez's bite on Giorgio Chiellini during a FIFA World Cup group stage match between Uruguay and Italy was largely dominated by a media-driven campaign to get the erstwhile Liverpool attacker banned from football.
FIFA acted swiftly and authorised a punishment that would prevent Suarez from playing professional football - at both club level and internationally - for a four month period, while he would also be banned from "all football activity"… not including a transfer, or a medical evaluation at any club who successfully bid for the player.
It was Suarez's third biting offence as a professional… but Juventus legend Pavel Nedved has offered a different perspective on the scandal and claims the club captain Chiellini acted in a childish manner.
He said: "I was very angry with Chiellini for his reaction, as he behaved like a child showing the bite mark to the referee. I talked about it with [club director] Beppe Marotta and I’ll discuss it with him directly. In any case, Giorgio showed intelligence over the next few days when he asked FIFA to reduce the ban.
"Suarez is a great player and I’d sign him straight away for Juventus. In fact, we were on the verge of getting him two years ago and I was fully in agreement. He’s a champion and that is all.
"I have played on the pitch, so I know what it’s like to have a little tantrum," he concluded.