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In The Midst Of The World Cup ‘Biting’ Scandal With Luis Suarez, Photoshop Is Being Called Out

By Kishore Sawh on June 26th 2014

Unless you’ve been hiding under a Brazil-sized rock, you’ll have noticed that there’s a bit of ‘footy’ being played and its called the World Cup. Similarly, you’d have had to be in a coma in the past few days not to have heard about Uruguay’s star soccer player, Luis Suarez, biting an Italian player in their last match. The news is everywhere from prime time TV to Instagram; indeed there are Amazonian tribes as yet to be touched by modernity that have been doing cave drawings depicting the event.

In case you missed the news, here’s the brief rundown: Luis Suarez bit Georgio Chiellini when last the two teams met, and this happens to be the third time Suarez has been caught biting another player. Again photography has found itself in the middle of a soccer controversy.

There’s been a lot of debate about appropriate punishment for Suarez, a decision FIFA felt pressured to arrive at quickly, and which they have now done. Suarez is to be banned from the remainder of the World Cup for starters, then suspended for 4 months from all professional football activity including admin, and fined. That’s all well and good, but what does this have to do with photography? Well, a bit, actually.

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Some controversy has arisen amidst the fact the bite was caught on camera instead of by the eye of the referees, and now the Suarez camp, which includes the Uruguayan Football Association, desperately reaching for explanations for damage control, has dropped the ‘P’ word. That’s ‘Photoshop,’ in case there was a doubt. According to The Guardian, though it’s certainly not my choice for news, the Uruguayan FA is claiming that the images of the bite mark have been Photoshopped to look worse that they are. Not really the argument I would’ve gone with, and not particularly believable.

Source: The Guardian, The Verge, Instagram


A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dick Raymond

    It is a sad state of affairs everywhere that so many cases of Poor Sportsmanship, Drug Abuse cases, and other criminal activities are being reported on players of All Sports! Kids don’t have Sports Heroes anymore that they can look up to as Role Models. All they have now is a bunch of Thugs!

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  2. Tyler Friesen

    hahaha WHY?

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  3. Joao Coelho

    I call BS on the Photoshop argument.. the guy did it, it probably hurt and now he got what he deserved.
    There’s a big article online about this player’s past and the circumstances that made him so messed up, the hardships he had to overcome, a love story, etc.. but he makes enough money to afford a psychiatrist to help him, biting other people isn’t an answer (would make my life easier if it were!)

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  4. Kim Farrelly

    Photoshop was certainly used after the event to hilarious results.

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  5. Matt Walsh

    How does this keep happening? This is his third biting incident.

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  6. Kevin Young

    Instead of the new water breaks, perhaps they should implement snack-time.

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  7. Aaron Gilpin

    3rd time he has bit another player needs banning for life

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  8. Dave Kai Piper

    the guy is pretty nuts !!

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  9. Ji Hoon Heo

    well…uruguay is screwed.

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  10. Kurk Rouse

    very talented guy but poor poor sportsmanship

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Indeed. I hate seeing something so good tarnished by something so, stupid and primal.

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  11. Servando Miramontes

    Classic sheep…. Monday night quarterbacking the hell out of an “event” when in the end it doesn’t even matter… LOL

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