Wednesday June 25,2014 : HAS POKER 888 BITTEN OF MORE THAN IT IS PREPARED TO CHEW WITH SUAREZ?
Online poker operator ponders the future of controversial footballer only one month into his contract.
Online poker operator 888poker is reportedly considering the future of its brand ambassador, Liverpool football star Luis Suarez, only a month after signing him up.
The reason is sprawled across most mainstream media this week – the discipline-challenged soccer star faces allegations that whilst playing for Uruguay against Italy in the World Cup he bit opponent Giorgio Chiellini.
Suarez has been the subject of public betting following previous incidents on the field which include chomping down on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic when playing for Liverpool in a Premier League match last year.
These infringements have unfortunately marred a brilliant playing career, which recently included scoring two goals against England at the World Cup, and the controversial player now faces a FIFA investigation and possible bans.
888poker has confirmed that it is considering its options regarding Suarez, saying in a statement:
"Following the allegations made against Luis Suarez in regards to his behaviour during Uruguay's World Cup match against Italy, 888poker is seriously reviewing its relationship with the player as we will not tolerate any unsporting behaviour."
In related news, one Norwegian football fan won GBP 1,700 on a 175 to 1 bet that Suarez would commit a third biting offence at some point in the World Cup.
24-year-old Richard Helmersen said his winnings would help finance trips to the UK to watch other matches this season.
UK football legend Paul Scholes took a more serious view, commenting on his Paddy Power blog that Suarez was an embarrassment despite his considerable talents as a player.
“He will feel terrible tonight, and the entire incident is such a shame because he’s a tremendous player. But people will remember Suarez now for his biting antics at this World Cup rather than his supreme footballing ability."