The pathetic tale of Luis Suarez, the star Uruguayan player who bit an Italian opponent during a World Cup game, continues to unfold.
After a FIFA disciplinary panel decided that Suarez could not play in any additional World Cup games and would be suspended for four months and nine Uruguay matches, the press learned that Suarez — unbelievably — had made a submission to FIFA in which he flatly denied the bite. Instead, Suarez claimed, he had lost his balance, fallen into the Italian player, and felt his face make contact. Given the undisputable video evidence, FIFA rejected that claim, and also noted in issuing its suspension decision that Suarez not only had denied any wrongdoing but “at no moment showed regret or remorse of any type.”
So, guess what? Now Suarez has finally admitted the bite, apologized on Twitter, and promised that his biting days are behind him. Gee, what convenient timing! Having first stonewalled, and then seen that his ludicrous denial was only having the effect of enhancing his punishment, Suarez now recognizes the error of his ways.
In a gracious gesture, the Italian player, Giorgio Chiellini, has accepted the apology and said that he hopes FIFA reduces Suarez’s suspension. Chiellini’s behavior has been a lot classier than Suarez’s grudging admission. When the inevitable campaign to reduce Suarez’s suspension begins, I hope FIFA responds: “Hey, Luis. Bite me!”