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Jun 24, 2014

Reaction to Suarez bite debate

Uruguay's 1-0 win against Italy on Tuesday, a victory that knocked the Italians out of the World Cup, was overshadowed by controversy. Luis Suarez appeared to bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the 79th minute of the match.

The incident created a firestorm on the interwebs. Here's some of the reaction:

Video, photos of the apparent bite

Our crew in Brazil broke down the incident:

Our ESPN expert panel analyse the play in which Luis Suarez appears to bite Italy's Giorgio Chiellini and look back to Suarez's past biting incidents.

Not the first time for Suarez

This seems to be an unfortunate pattern for Suarez:

April 21, 2013: He was suspended 10 games by England's FA for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in a league game in 2012-13.

Nov. 20, 2010: While playing for Ajax, he received a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal in a game. Suarez was not booked in the match.

And here is more on his past incidents:

And then Tuesday ... BOOM!

Even Evander Holyfield weighed in, speak from experience after being on the receiving end of one of the most infamous biting incidents in sports history:

Were people expecting this from Suarez? One betting site apparently put odds on it:

And, for the record, this man is not THE Luis Suarez:

Translation: "I am not Luis Suarez, there are many Suarezes in this world. I am not Luis Suarez, please."

There was some initial player postmatch reaction:

And the memes keep on comin'

Regardless of which side fans fall on the incident, there are some creative folks out in Twitterland:

And finally ...

Sometimes, it all comes back to "Slap Shot."

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