And no, we’re not talking about Liverpool, either. It seems that all of Latin America is outraged over Luis Suárez’s punishment for biting Giorgio Chiellini – nine matches and four months, in case you’ve forgotten. At least, this is what Venezuela president Nicolás Maduro is claiming.
Venezuela’s president spoke about what he called Suárez’s “disproportionate” punishment, referring to the striker as belonging to “all” of South America. Maduro said:
No one denies some corrective measures were needed, but to suspend him for four months from football where he shines? To take him out of the World Cup? Latin America views this with outrage and we reject it totally.
One has to wonder if fellow South American side Colombia would agree with the Venezuelan president. After all, they’re scheduled to meet Uruguay today, in the first stage of the knockout round. Perhaps los cafeteros would have been satisfied with a mere one-match ban?
Maduro spoke about Suárez before the revelation of the defense he made to the disciplinary committee. In his appeal to FIFA, Suárez, writing in Spanish, insisted that he did not bite or intend to bite Chiellini, but rather that he lost his balance.
The Venezuela president believes a case was “invented” against Suárez because he eliminated “two of football’s big nations.” Uruguay coach Oscar Tabárez has accused FIFA of making the player a scapegoat. Others, such as Diego Maradona, have labeled the affair an “international conspiracy.” Now that Suárez has denied the bite ever took place, it’s likely we’ll see even more figures speaking out regarding his punishment.
We know how they got here, but an interesting question is which moment will live in your memory when you’re reminded of Leicester’s run?
Game 5 — Dyer win Derby in stoppage
It had been a remarkable early season for Claudio Ranieri‘s troops when the Foxes came back from a 2-0 deficit against Midlands rivals Aston Villa, and substitute Nathan Dyer capped off the 3-2 win in style.
Game 14 — Vardy sets a Premier League record
Ruud van Nistelrooy taking a backseat to Jamie Vardy was unfathomable even a month beforehand, but Vardy’s goal gave him a Premier League record 11-straight matches with a goal (and all in one season). Not bad for the man deemed too old by a 2.Bundesliga team.
Game 25 — Blowout at the Etihad
Certainly many had this date circled as the beginning of a downturn for Leicester, but Riyad Mahrez dazzled while Robert Huth scored a pair of goals in a 3-1 ride past Manchester City on the road. It was on.
Game 27 — Ulloa starts earthquakes
Leicester looked destined to somehow find a draw from a dominant performance when Leonardo Ulloa lifted the Foxes to a late win over Norwich, causing mini earthquakes at the King Power Stadium.
Game 34 — Chaos at King Power
A game easily categorized in short, insane outbursts, or just the name Jon Moss
Vardy sent off for diving ?!? Penalty to West Ham for what?!? Penalty to Leicester for what?!?
LONDON (AP) The English Football Association has charged Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Leicester defender Robert Huth with violent conduct after they clashed during a Premier League game at the weekend.
Fellaini reacted to getting his hair pulled by Huth by appearing to strike the defender with his elbow as they jostled at a set-piece during the 1-1 draw between the teams on Sunday.
“We want to continue to build,” he told SSN HQ’s Rob Dorsett. “When I came here, the project was to build a very good foundation and slowly, slowly to grow up together in three to four years to fight for the Europa League and slowly come to fight for the Champions League.
“Now the season is out of our project but of course, the foundation is very solid. We know very well we have to fight for the position but we want to do our best. I’m positive and I want to fight.”
You’ll probably say he’s continuing a pattern of being sly — lowering sunglasses — like a fox, as Ranieri started 2015-16 wanting 40 points, then the Top Four, before finally admitting the title was an option.
You think he’s going to claim he’ll repeat? You can cue The Who, because Claudio… we won’t get fooled again.