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Football's most biting moments

June 25, 2014

Rarely seen and always shocking - Luis Suarez's chomp has put another biting moment in the history books. Here are some of the sport's most notorious nibbles in pictures.

Bildergalerie Borussia Dortmund FC Bayern München
Not quite a bite but close nonetheless was Oliver Kahn's moment with Borussia Dortmund's Heiko Herrlich in 1999. In the same match the goalkeeper also launched a Kung-Fu-style kick on Stephane Chapuisat. Kahn said later he was just getting rid of pent-up pressure.Image: Getty Images

Jermaine Defoe

West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur Beißattacke 2006
In 2006, then-Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe bit West Ham's Javier Mascherano during a Premier League match. The diminuative England international managed to escape punishment for what his manager Martin Jol called a "comical nibble."Image: picture-alliance/dpa

Luis Suarez number one: the appetizer

Fußballspieler Luis Suarez 2010
Suarez, then of Ajax, was given a 7-game ban for his first famous bite on the shoulder of PSV Eindhoven's Otmar Bakkal back in 2010. The action earned him the nickname "The Cannibal of Ajax."Image: picture-alliance/dpa

Luis Suarez number two: the main course

FC Liverpool - FC Chelsea Premier League ARCHIV 2013
Perhaps the most-obvious of all biting infractions was Suarez's chomp on Branislav Ivanovic. The Chelsea defender is seen here reenacting the 2013 incident. Suarez later apologized for his "inexusable behavior."Image: picture-alliance/dpa

Luis Suarez number three: the dessert

Fifa WM Italien Uruguay Chiellini Bissspuren Suarez
And Suarez cemented his status as the bitiest player in football history with his instantly infamous nibble of Giorgio Chiellini. FIFA claims they'll investigate the incident - perhaps over lunch?Image: picture-alliance/dpa