Stadium of Light

Next Game

S'land v Arsenal

Saturday, 25 October 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

St. Mary's Stadium

Last Game

So'ton 8 - 0 S'land

Saturday, 18 October 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Di Canio: Suarez bite strange

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio says Luis Suarez's bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic was "strange."

Last Updated: 26/04/13 at 17:35 Post Comment

Paolo Di Canio: Suarez's bite was 'strange'

Paolo Di Canio: Suarez's bite was 'strange'

The Liverpool striker was hit with a 10-game ban after admitting a Football Association charge of violent conduct for biting the Chelsea man.

As a player Di Canio was banned for 11 games in 1998 for pushing referee Paul Alcock to the ground at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Italian admitted he had more sympathy with France legend Zinedine Zidane who was sent off for headbutting Italy defender Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final than Suarez - or himself.

Di Canio said: "He (Suarez) didn't beat me - I was 11. That's a joke, obviously. My gesture was a very bad, stupid gesture, but not a violent gesture because it was a push like a kid when you are young.

"But anyway, it was bad. It wasn't really a fair play gesture - it was very bad.

"But this one is difficult to judge for one reason: because it is unusual to see in a normal situation.

"I can understand Zidane. I don't excuse him, but if someone is swearing in your face, talking about your mama, your wife, you can lose your temper.

"In this situation, I don't know what has happened, but it is clear from the pictures that there was normal pressure from Ivanovic and you see the player pull one arm and try to bite.

"It's something that looks strange. It can't kill him, but it's something not really good to watch."

Di Canio believes the length of Suarez's ban was down to his previous record rather than just the Ivanovic incident.

He said: "It's difficult to judge - 10 games, two games, 12 games, 20 games or one game - because the punishment comes from the judges.

"They know why they gave the 10 matches - probably because he did something wrong also in the past, it's the second time.

"You put the two things together and maybe it can make him even worse. But anyway, it was strange to see, to be honest, because it's unusual.

"I remember (former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike) Tyson when he bit (Evander) Holyfield in his ear. In there, you can imagine you are very close and there is a fight, even if it is not good.

"But in the end, a footballer tries to pull one arm and bite - I smile, but there is nothing to laugh about."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

Premier League: Ronald Koeman looking at European challenge sparked by Dusan Tadic

Ronald Koeman believes Dusan Tadic can spark Southampton into a challenge for Champions League football next season.

Premier League: Manuel Pellegrini confident Joe Hart will sign new Manchester City deal

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he is confident that England goalkeeper Joe Hart will sign a new contract.

Premier League: Garry Monk puts Stoke furore behind him

Swansea boss Garry Monk is keen to focus on weekend opponents Leicester after a stormy week for him personally.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property