Twitter talk on 'jaws' Suarez

accreditation
 Luis Suarez (AFP)
Luis Suarez (AFP)

Montevideo - Uruguay striker Luis Suarez sparked a Twitter storm with his Soccer World Cup bite scandal, from pictures of him with a muzzle to a reaction from once-bitten boxing legend Evander Holyfield.

VIDEO: 'Cannibal' Suarez strikes again!

Uruguay's 1-0 victory over Italy on Tuesday, which qualified them to the second round at the European team's expense, was overshadowed by allegations Suarez got away with biting defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder.

"I guess any part of the body is up for eating," wrote Holyfield, whose ear was partly chomped off by rival Mike Tyson in a 1997 heavyweight fight.

Other social media users published photo montages of the Liverpool forward, who had been sanctioned twice before for biting players in the Netherlands and England.

One picture shows him with the mask of Hannibal Lecter, the fictional, cannibalistic serial killer portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in "Silence of the Lambs."

In another movie meme, Suarez replaced the shark in an old poster of the movie "Jaws" with the comment: "Someone call Steven Spielberg."

Others have him sporting a dog's flea collar and many more with vampire fangs, or as part of the cast of the zombie television show "Walking Dead."

The incident made the front page of the New York Times web site, while the Huffington Post's British version used the headline "Chewy Luis and the Blues."

Suarez, meanwhile, shrugged the accusations that he bit Chiellini, telling Uruguayan television: "There are things that happen on the pitch, and you should not make such a big deal out of them."

The Italian player was adamant Suarez had bitten him, showing his wound to the referee during the game and telling Italian television that he still had a mark after the game.

A picture showing Chiellini crying out in apparent pain and pulling down the top of his shirt to show apparent bite marks while Suarez rubbed his teeth went viral within minutes of the final whistle.

The controversy may have inspired puns and posters, but Suarez could face the bite of disciplinary action once more.

Highlighting the bite's global impact, the 27-year-old star's chomp was a top Twitter trending topic with the hashtag #BanSuarez.

In 2010, while playing for Ajax in the Netherlands, he earned a seven-match suspension and was dubbed "The Cannibal of Ajax" after biting another player.

Three years later, he was handed a 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during an English Premier League game.

One Twitter user in the United States claimed a Norwegian had won a bet on whether Suarez would bite another opponent and cashed in at odds of 175/1.

A stake of 32 kronor ($5) earned him a return of 5600 ($920).

Others saw an advertising windfall in the uproar.

Back in Uruguay, the local McDonald's restaurant chain, using the Twitter handle @McDonalds_Uy, wrote: "Hi @luis16suarez, if you're still hungry come and have a bite of a BigMac".

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
40% - 14943 votes
Cricket
12% - 4595 votes
Football
19% - 6992 votes
Athletics
3% - 972 votes
Boxing
1% - 368 votes
Cycling
2% - 888 votes
Golf
5% - 1892 votes
Motorsport
9% - 3229 votes
Tennis
4% - 1340 votes
Water sports
1% - 342 votes
American sports
1% - 460 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 1253 votes
Vote