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?
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.
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).
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.”