Smitten or bitten? Some adore Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, others cry foul

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NEW: Luis Suarez says, "I just collided with his shoulder"

Liverpool star was voted player of the year in England's Premier League

But he's also been suspended multiple times for biting, racist remarks

An Italian player accuses him of biting during a World Cup match

CNN  — 

Luis Suarez has made his mark in football, as one of the most feared strikers in the game.

In more ways than one.

Since joining the Dutch powerhouse club Ajax in 2007, the Uruguayan has established himself as one of the world’s most inventive, tenacious and talented scorers. This past season, Suarez topped all others in England’s Premier League with 31 goals.

But now, it’s a mark of a different kind – near the shoulder of Italian national team defender Giorgio Chiellini – that has everyone talking.

TV cameras showed the two tangling during Tuesday’s Italy-Uruguay World Cup showdown, with Suarez’s head seemingly dipping toward Chiellini. Afterward, the Italian player got up, pulled down his shirt and seemed to passionately indicate he’d been bitten by the Uruguayan striker.

If so, it wouldn’t be the first time. There’s a reason, after all, that some have dubbed Suarez the “Cannibal of Ajax.”

That dates back to 2010, when Suarez was suspended seven games after leaving a scar near the collarbone of Otman Bakkal while in the Netherlands.

Soon after moving to Liverpool, he got fined $63,000 and banned eight matches for racist remarks directed at Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.

And let’s not forget the 10-game ban he got in 2013 after being found guilty of biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.