Yesterday’s FIFA World Cup match between Uruguay and Italy will be remembered more for an incident involving teeth and less for footballing tactics. During the second half, everyone’s favourite footballing villian Luis Suarez, took a large, unsubtle bite of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder. No caution or disciplinary action was issued, leading to internet-based uproar across the world, no less in Italy. The incident is pictured below thanks to Pete Blackburn’s TwitPic page.
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However, this isn’t the first time Suarez munched on an opponent. Last year while playing for Liverpool, he was banned for ten matches after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Of course, an incident so utterly strange didn’t go unnoticed on social media, and subsequently Suarez is now the star of his own, toothy meme. Here are some of the best.
1. Hungry Hungry Hippos
Hungry hungry h̶i̶p̶p̶o̶s̶ #Suarez pic.twitter.com/8HoSo11Fpa
— telegraph_sport (@telegraph_sport) June 25, 2014
2. Hannibal Suarez
Luis Suárez's new kit.. pic.twitter.com/qwUypFxTlr
— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) June 24, 2014
3. Italian, or Italian food?
Should've gone to Specsavers #SHGTS #ITA vs #URU pic.twitter.com/9LZxluxVCW
— Specsavers (@Specsavers) June 25, 2014
4. Chew gum not footballers
Chew Trident. Not soccer players. #ITAvsURU
— Trident Gum (@tridentgum) June 24, 2014
5. Post-cannibalism mouthwash
We recommend a good swish after grabbing a bite of Italian. #WorldCup #PowerToYourMouth
— Listerine Global (@ListerineGlobal) June 24, 2014
6. Uruguayan McDonald’s
Hola @luis16suarez, si te quedaste con hambre vení a darle un mordisco a una BigMac 😉
— McDonald's Uruguay (@McDonalds_Uy) June 24, 2014
Translation: “Hello @luis16suarez, if you are hungry come to give you a bite of a big Mac ;)”
7. Nando’s buffet
Hey @luis16suarez, if you're that hungry, why not get your teeth stuck into something really tasty? pic.twitter.com/TPrPoC6ljt
— Nando's (@NandosUK) June 24, 2014
8. It’s a twist cap!
Relax, they're twist off. #biting #ITAvsURU pic.twitter.com/Kj69El7MRE
— Bud Light (@budlight) June 24, 2014
8. Next time…
Hey @luis16suarez. Next time you're hungry just grab a Snickers. #worldcup #luissuarez #EatASNICKERS pic.twitter.com/3RAO537HjW
— SNICKERS® (@SNICKERS) June 24, 2014
9. Beaver problems
"I thought he was a tree" says Suarez pic.twitter.com/rGgCtzdCev
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 24, 2014
10. Finish Him!
That's Suarez's Street Fighter finishing move.
— netw3rk (@netw3rk) June 24, 2014
11. Still a better love story
So stoked for this remake. pic.twitter.com/aPlDWDKKT8
— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 24, 2014
12. Mandatory Jaws reference
Just when you thought it was safe. #Suarez #TheMovie pic.twitter.com/qJ7eLGvi74
— Raz (@raztweets) June 24, 2014
13. Post-match interview
Everything seems to be under control. They've caught Suarez leaving the stadium. pic.twitter.com/JAN4fXVGeW
— 2014 World Cup (@TheWorIdCup) June 24, 2014
Feature image: Jimmy Baikovicius via Flickr