Italian newspapers have reacted to the Azzurri’s shock exit from the World Cup with Luis Suarez once again taking the majority of the headlines.
Italy lost 1-0 to Uruguay last night in a high-tempered match, which saw Italy coach Cesare Prandelli stand down as Italy manager after four years at the helm.
Claudio Marchisio was sent off for a reckless challenge, but it did not turn out to be the turning point in the match.
Understandably, the Italian media have thrown the book at Suarez, who’s bite of Giorgio Chiellini could see him face a two-year worldwide ban from football.
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And here’s Sheridan Bird with how they covered it:
CORRIERE DELLO SPORT
Anything but the ‘Pistolero’, Suarez fired blanks against Italy. But at least he remembered his old habit of biting opponents. Giorgio Chiellini was his victim this time, a rock hard defender with a career of rough battles, but a virgin when it comes to being bitten.
As well as a career full of goals, Suarez’s CV is full of less than sporting incidents.
Valerio Clari – Gazzetta dello Sport
Dracula strikes again. The bite would be hard enough to understand if it were the first- but it’s his third. He may have put his future at risk, just as Real Madrid and Barcelona were preparing crazy offers.
Tony Damascelli – Il Giornale
Suarez is a werewolf. An animal that reacts when he needs to defend himself. In August Suarez will leave Liverpool for La Liga. Real and Barcelona will fight for him. Spanish meat tastes nice, Pistolero.
Vladimiro Cotugno – Corriere dello Sport
Suarez took his role as predator literally, giving Chiellini one of his famous bites.
Andrea Sorrentino – La Repubblica
From Pistolero to Tyson or Dracula. Suarez’s story is incredible. One of the best forwards in the world, but at the same time capable of idiotic acts. He doesn’t kick or punch defenders, but bites.
The referee Marco Antonio Rodriguez Moreno is known as ‘Dracula’ in his homeland for his build and slicked back, jet-black hair. The Mexican didn’t see Suarez bite Chiellini. Was he protecting his fellow Vampire, adding insult to injury for Italy?