Uruguay's Luis Suarez needs to be put down

Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between...

Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Uruguay and Italy at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Kurtis Larson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:12 PM ET

MANAUS, BRAZIL - If a rabid dog bites man, it gets put down.

The animal shows episodes of aggression. It craves anything and everything, especially meat.

To that extent, rabid canines are more or less mentally ill.

What's Luis Suarez's excuse? The Uruguayan striker is a three-time biter following The Gnawing in Natal.

Dogs get one chance, maybe two. Then it's off to the pound, or worse.

The World Cup's governing body, FIFA, announced late Tuesday night that it has opened an investigation into the Suarez matter.

Suarez will be suspended for the rest of the competition if there's any justice to be had -- and potentially charged with assault.

If any normal human being bit another on three different occasions he or she would be locked up in a straightjacket.

"These things happen on the field," Suarez reportedly told Uruguay's Channel 10 after appearing to bite Italy's Giorgio Chiellini Tuesday.

To a certain extent, he's right. Even Evander Holyfield -- famously gnawed on by Mike Tyson -- chimed in during the aftermath.

"I guess any part of the body is up for eating," the former boxer posted to Twitter.

This is the ugly side of soccer, inherent to Central and South America. It happens elsewhere, yes, but this part of the globe is known for certain antics by its players.

Some -- not all, obviously -- hit, claw and scratch away from the play.

They do anything to unsettle an opponent from start to finish.

And while biting is undoubtedly an extreme, this is what happens in these confederations on an annual basis.

Ask anyone on Canada's national team what it's like to play against teams from this side of the world.

It's hell. Centre backs step on strikers' Achilles when the ball is in the opposite third.

I'm positive more than one U.S. national teamer has been struck in the groin -- or spit on. I've seen it with my own eyes.

Because of that, what happened in Natal on Tuesday -- other than a 1-0 Uruguay win -- wasn't all that surprising, considering the culprit.

Heck, there was even a prop bet somewhere in the world that predicted this scenario might play out.

Now it's in FIFA's hands. The Italian federation, along with the world's press, has already put pressure on soccer's governing body to act.

The scary thing, though, is that some of this stuff is inherently part of the game in some of these nations.

Not biting, but things that are certainly close -- cheap tricks, including diving.

It still stuns me Brazil's Fred avoided disciplined for egregious simulation that made an official look like a fool.

Fred, however, simply fell to the ground.

Because of his insane, animal-like actions, Suarez needs to finally be put down.

Which, in soccer terms, means a massive fine and ban.

BITE WINS BET

A gambling firm in Sweden says it awarded a Norwegian man nearly $1,000 for betting that Suarez would bite a player at the 2014 World Cup.

In an email to the Associated Press, a spokesperson for Bettson said the gambler won the prize on a 32 kroner bet (a little less than $5).

The spokesperson also told the AP that the online gambling site had received "six-figures" worth of Norwegian kroner on the Suarez proposition bet.

Norway's largest newspaper, AftenPosten, reported Thomas Syversen as the winner.

"I woke up just before it happened, so I was not awake," Syversen told the paper. "I saw the incident on replays."

Syversen also posted a picture of his betting slip as proof of the win -- and proof that more people are supporting Suarez for the incident than just Liverpool fans.

Adding to the aforementioned prop bet talk, I also received a note from the boys over at Bodog on Wednesday, advising me the over-under line for a FIFA ban on Suarez has been set at 10 games.

If it's anything less than that, it's a shame.

SHOW ME THE MONEY

Ahead of its Group G decider in Brasilia on Thursday, Ghanaian deputy sports minister Joseph Yammin told a local radio station the West African nation dispatched a plane full of cash to its players here in Brazil.

"The players insisted (on physical cash)," he told Citi FM, according to a Bloomberg report.

The total? A cool $3 million (more than $9 million Ghanain cedi).

That works out to more than $130,000 per player.

This isn't far off from what the Cameroonian federation went through earlier in the tournament when its players refused to board a flight until they received payment.

Each team participating in the World Cup receives $8 million just for being here.

Ghana will meet Portugal in a do-or-die match in the Brazilian capital Thursday. The Black Stars can progress to the second round with a win and a U.S. loss to Germany.

The Ghanaian Football Association is currently under immense scrutiny after an investigative report by the UK's Telegraph recently uncovered a long list of allegedly corrupt officials within the country's men's national team.

THIS AND THAT

A massive plane graveyard is adjacent to the Manaus airport -- something that's a bit unsettling when you're taking off in the jungle. Even more unsettling is the fact all of the planes appear burned, leading to the obvious joke: I wonder if those crash and burned jetliners were carrying Spain, England and Italy, three former powerhouses that returned home this week with tails between their legs … It's easy to spot soccer fields 30,000 ft. above Manaus. Rectangular areas of dirt dot the Amazon above in one of the most secluded cities ever to stage a World Cup game. Further proof the kids here in the rainforest will play on anything … The flights here in Brazil play an intro video minutes before take-off. It includes video from World Cups past as a Brazilian promotional. The naked streaker running across the pitch in the pre-flight entertainment might have been a bit much, though.

LAST WORD

The Round of 16 at Brazil 2014 is shaping up to be quite spectacular. We'll have in-depth second-round coverage later this week, but look for Mexico to give the Dutch massive problems. As for Brazil and Chile, Torontonians have already seen these two sides go at it.

It was just last year the South American giants tangled at the Rogers Centre before a 2-1 Brazil win. At the moment, however, the hosts aren't playing at the same level.

Despite the attacking talent, this Brazil side is nowhere close to matching some of the nation's top teams witnessed in the early 2000s.

A Chilean upset isn't out of the question.


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