Luis Suarez bites Otman Bakkal (Ajax-PSV)

“No, I do not regret what happened. Normally I always keep calm but I didn’t… I’m a little tired. This week I had to travel a lot.” – Luis Suarez.  

Unlike one of the most famous boxing incidents of all time, there is very rarely much biting to be seen on the football pitch.

Jermain Defoe took a “bite” out of Javier Mascherano’s shoulder in a match between Spurs and West Ham in October 2006, but all-in-all there are very few “Tyson-Holyfield” incidents to hark back to.

Luis Suarez yesterday became one of the few footballers to bite an opponent in one of the most bizarre incidents the Eredivisie will see all season.

The Uruguay World Cup star (and villain) had a hugely eventful game as Ajax could only draw 0-0 with PSV in the big match of the Dutch season.

First off with ten minutes to go Suarez attempted an audacious shot from his own half that Andreas Isaksson had to push over the bar. Had it gone in it would have been one of the all-time great goals.

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In the second half he was also involved in an altercation with Barcelona-bound Ibrahim Afellay, but this paled into insignificance to what happened in the dying seconds of the match.

Ajax substitute Rasmus Lindgren was sent off for a poor challenge on Afellay and in the ensuing melee there was a coming together of a number of players including Suarez and PSV midfielder Otman Bakkal.

Incredibly, Suarez appears to take a bite out of Bakkal’s shoulder and the Dutch international simply responds with incredulity and shows the referee the mark where he has been attacked. Suarez wasn’t even booked.

Footage of Luis Suarez taking a bite of Otman Bakkal’s shoulder is on this video.

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