The FIFA Football World Cup 2014 is currently taking place in Brazil and estimates suggest that close to 1 billion people from across the world are watching the “beautiful game”. Earlier this week, Italy took on Uruguay in what was a do-or-die clash for both teams. The team that won would proceed to the next round, whereas the losing team would be eliminated.
Uruguay ended up winning the match during the final minutes of the game and in the process eliminated Italy. The match was played extremely rough and there was a lot of bad blood between both sides.
However, the talking point of this match was the incident that took place between Uruguay’s star striker Luis Suarez and Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini.
Television replays show Luis Suarez first head butting Giorgio Chiellini and then appearing to bite the shoulder of Chiellini, who reacted by elbowing Suarez in his face. Both players went down and later complained to the match official. Suarez complained about being hit in his face and Chiellini pulled his jersey to show the referee his shoulder and the bite marks.
This is not the first time that Suarez has been accused of biting an opponent player. FIFA, the governing body said that they will carefully review the incident and if Suarez is found guilty, he will receive a harsh punishment which could include being banned for up to 24 games. Suarez plays in the English Premier League (EPL) and represents Liverpool where he has done extremely well and is considered a star forward. His performances have earned him world-wide recognition and sponsorship deals from some of the biggest brands in the world.
One such brand is 888 Poker, a global and popular online gambling company that uses Luis Suarez as one of their official worldwide ambassadors. 888 Poker were extremely happy when Suarez signed up with them and one of their senior vice presidents went on record to say that Suarez is an exceptional talent who is technically gifted, passionate and a very competitive sportsman. 888 Poker believes in all of those qualities because that is exactly what the game of poker represents”.
After the incident in Brazil, 888 Poker has come down strongly on Suarez’s behaviour and stated they were not impressed with what went down. 888 Poker released a statement that read
Following the allegations made against Luis Suárez in regards to his behaviour during Uruguay’s World Cup match against Italy, 888poker is seriously reviewing its relationship with the player as we will not tolerate any unsporting behaviour