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Costa the vampire? Chelsea man sent off, appears to bite Barry (video)


Is Diego Costa about to miss four months of football?

The Chelsea man was given a second yellow for an altercation with Gareth Barry that saw him appear to head butt the Everton man, and then bite him on the neck.

Costa’s reputation won’t benefit him here, and surely referee Michael Oliver didn’t see the Brazilian-born forward appear to bury his teeth in Barry’s neck.

Earlier in the match, Costa spit at Oliver’s feet.

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Diego’s almost certainly in trouble beyond the initial sending off, especially given his reputation.

The one thing Costa has going for him is that Barry did not react as if bitten. Perhaps it was more “lippy” but how did we get to a point where I am being paid to describe the level of mouth-to-neck contact between two players?

What say you, Chelsea fans?

WATCH: More biting bans! English striker gets second ban in as many years

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Second suspension, greater than the first.

League Two striker Joss Labadie has been suspended for the second time in two years for biting an opponent, and this time the punishment has gone up.

Labadie, 24, will miss six months for biting defender Ronnie Henry of Stevenage last month. His first suspension came last March — there are Zombies jokes to be made about how it’s the time of the season for biting — and was protested by his then club, Torquay United.

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Hard to imagine it “didn’t” happen a second time, especially given the video, though from the looks of it Henry wasn’t ghosting past his attacker like Giorgio Chiellini. There’s an argument to be made the Stevenage man put his hand in Labadie’s mouth — as if to goad a known biter? — but that shouldn’t matter, we suppose.

Anyway, six months out is the ruling. I honestly cannot believe how wide the biting floodgates have opened. This the day after Mario Mandzukic and Dani Carvajal said they didn’t have a Champions League biting incident.

Carvajal, Mandzukic and the latest biting sensation in world soccer


It may be turning out that biting in soccer is just as common as Luis Suarez supporters claimed in the aftermath of his World Cup chomp on Giorgio Chiellini.

Well, at least more common than the seemingly-unique trio of Suarez bites on record. First, we had Juan Arango in Liga MX.

And did Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal latch his teeth into Atletico’s Mario Mandzukic in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League match?

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Carvajal denied it on Twitter, and Mandzukic seemingly backed him up, but it sure looked suspicious. And the Real defender is likely to find discipline for his punch.

Mandzukic was a physical menace in the game, and later found himself bloodied by a Sergio Ramos elbow.

Denials mean little to us, especially after Jonny Evans tried to convince us he didn’t spit at Papiss Cisse.

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Does this show broken skin? If so, rabies tests, stat?

Liga MX midfielder Arango suspended two matches for biting opponent (video)


Tijuana midfielder Juan Arango has been suspended two matches for biting the shoulder of Monterrey’s Jesus Zavala on Saturday in Liga MX action.

Arango, 34, latched onto Zavala’s shoulder (below) with a rather devilish grin before and after the encounter, and the Mexican FA has issued the same ban length that Luis Suarez received the first time he bit an opponent (for Ajax in 2010).

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The 121-times capped Venezuelan came back to Liga MX in 2014 after spending a decade between Mallorca and Borussia Monchengladbach.

From the Associated Press:

Tijuana officials said Tuesday that the club also punished Arango for his actions, but they did not say how.

The referee and the rest of the officiating crew did not see the incident during the match in northern Mexico.

The video evidence in this case is undebatable:

League Two player issued 10-game suspension for allegedly biting opponent

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A League Two midfielder has received “The Suarez.”

Well, actually, in a sense a pair of League Two midfielders received something that could be described as such:

1) Chestefield midfielder Ollie Banks claims he was bitten by Torquay United midfielder Joss Labadie.

2) Labadie, a West Bromwich Albion youth product, has been suspended 10 games by the Football Association.

The suspension is the same length as the one received by Liverpool attacker Luis Suarez for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Torquay are expected to appeal the suspension, which comes with a fine of approximately $3300, and have until Monday to do so. There was no discipline meted out during the match and the relegation-scrapping Gulls are denying wrongdoing from Labadie, including this quote from manager Chris Hargreaves:

“It’s a denial from the club and from myself of any wrongdoing,” Hargreaves told BBC Radio Devon.

“From what I’ve seen, I don’t know how they can get to that conclusion.”