Monday 23 October 2017

Five of the worst biting incidents in sport

Liverpool's Luis Suarez appears to bite Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield last season
Liverpool's Luis Suarez appears to bite Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield last season

The Dublin footballers find themselves involved in another allegation of biting following their narrow defeat to DCU in the O'Byrne Cup yesterday. Here we look at five incidents involving the deplorable act of biting in sport.

1. Luiz Suarez bites down on Branislav Ivanovic

The inspirational Uruguayan received a 10-match ban for biting down on the arm of Chelsea full-back Branislav Ivanovic at the tail-end of last season.

The incident occured after Suarez had handled in his own area to give Chelsea the penalty that saw them lead 2-1.

Television cameras caught the moment when Suarez sunk his teeth into Ivanovic as they grappled in the area.

The referee didn't spot it and Suarez scored an injury-time equaliser but he was punished.

Since returning from his ban, Suarez has been by far and away the best player in the League.

He has previous when it comes to biting from his Ajax days which this video captures.

2. Mike Tyson takes a chunk out of Evander Holyfield

In one of the most infamous events in the history of boxing, Mike Tyson bit a piece of Evander Holyfield's right ear off as he was succumbing to a world title fight defeat in 1997.

Tyson was disqualified for the dastardly act and lost his boxing licence although it was later restored to him.

Tyson apologised to Holyfield about the incident on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009.

3. Dylan Hartley bites Ireland's Stephen Ferris

On a day that will haunt many Irish players and fans, Dylan Hartley added insult to injury by biting Stephen Ferris in a ruck during Ireland's 30-9 defeat to England at Twickenham in 2011.

Hartley, who went unpunished on the day, received a 10-week ban for the act.

4. Jermain Defoe retaliates with his teeth on Javier Mascherano

The Spurs striker only received a yellow card for a bite on Javier Mascherano when Spurs met West Ham in 2006 in a London derby.

5. Francisco Gallardo with one of the most bizarre bites ever

In 2001, Sevilla midfielder Francisco Gallardo celebrated a goal by teammate Jose Antonio Reyes by biting on Reyes' genitals.

Gallardo was fined and suspended for the celebration by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, which said the move violated standards of "sporting dignity and decorum."

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