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The Suarez saga: Biters of the world unite

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Birds of a feather flock together. So when Luis Suarez became a twitter celebrity for biting Branislav Ivanonovic, he gained himself a new twitter friend.

This new follower is none other than the world’s most famous professional athlete to have bitten an opponent, Mike Tyson. Tyson reached worldwide ‘biting fame’ when he chewed a chunk off Evander Holyfield’s ear during a match in 1997.

When asked about his decision to extend this almost virtual pat on the head to Suarez, Tyson said (audio here) :

“I just sort of got on the the Twitter thing and I said hey, um, this is an interesting guy, let me follow him, check him out, see what his journey’s all about. You know, he bit somebody, you know s*** happens, you know what I mean? I’m sure he made amends with his guy, I made amends with Evander, and we go on with our lives.”

It is unclear whether Suarez and Ivanovic have made amends. Suarez says that Ivanovic has accepted his apology but the Guardian claims Ivanovic has rejected it.

But as Tyson says, s*** happens. May be the boxer can tweet Suarez a few tips on how to stop the cannibal jokes.

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Tweet not so sweet for Hull City Striker Jozy Altidore

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Twitter is free but US football (soccer) player who plays for Hull City found out today, it can be very expensive! Jozy has been fined by his team manager Phil Brown for using twitter. The 19 year old American striker, who is  on loan from Villarreal was left out of the team’s squad in their match against Portsmouth which ended in a 0-0 draw for arriving late at the stadium. He would have otherwise been on the bench but was replaced by Atkinson.

Jozy Altidore feeling miserable for letting his fans down, then tweeted an apology for his fans saying, “Apologize to all of you. I showed up late. Made a big mistake. I am very very sorry.” Aww… to me that is cute, but Phil Brown didn’t see it that way. The Hull City manager was furious as he felt that the reasons for Jozy being left out should have remained private. He said “It’s going to cost him a lot of money, unfortunately. That for me is information that stays in house. The reason he wasn’t on the bench was our business.”

I can understand the manger’s concerns as you wouldn’t want your players to tweet indiscriminately, for sometimes they might let out information which your rivals could use against you on the pitch, like injuries to certain players, training ground scuffles etc. However, this tweet seems so harmless and is adorable. I am sure no fan would mind hearing a player from his team admit that he had made a mistake and realizing his responsibility towards the club and the fans. Phil Brown is probably being a little too cautious. May be its the technology phobia of the not-so-young and he’d probably have felt more kindly towards the whole incident, had Jozy written it in a letter.

Unfortunately for Jozy, he is going to have to part with some serious moolah- the price for tweeting. I fear that this kind of incident might lead to football clubs banning the use of Twitter by players, which would be such a pity ‘coz I love Darren Bent’s tweets.

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