Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was again at the center of controversy today after it appeared that he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during the 2-2 tie at Anfield.
Suarez should have been red carded for the incident. By escaping punishment, Suarez stayed on the pitch and was able to score an injury-time goal in the 97th minute to equalize.
The incident involving Suarez isn’t the first incident of Suarez biting an opponent. While at Ajax, the Uruguayan striker bit Dutch footballer Otman Bakkal.
When interviewed regarding the incident, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said, “This is a club with incredible values and ethics. We’ll review it as a club, because there’s certainly no one bigger than this club, a player or manager. As football managers, staff and players, we’re representing this club, off the field and in particular on the field,” added Rodgers. “But it’s not the time to comment on it now. I’ll always speak openly and honestly about the players and protect them when I can, but with all due respect I’ll make an honest appraisal of it [first].
“I’ll always defend people if I think they’re right – if I think they’re wrong I’ll tell them, and that’s already happened with Luis this year. And then we move on from it. If that’s what the case is, they’ve got to accept the consequences accordingly.”