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888 Poker drops Suarez sponsroship deal

Without hesitation, 888 poker said yesterday it had ended its deal with striker Suarez after he was banned from all football-related movement until the opening of SiGMA2014 (end of October) for gnawing an adversary in a World Cup game against Italy.

The wagering firm had marked an arrangement with Suarez just a month ago, after a season in which he scored 31 objectives for English Premier League club Liverpool.

“Lamentably, after his activities throughout Uruguay’s World Cup match against Italy on Tuesday, 888poker has chosen to end its association with Luis Suarez with prompt impact.”

World body FIFA gave the Uruguay player a nine-match international suspension and a four-month restriction from all football-related activity after he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. He arrived home on a private plane from Brazil yesterday, Friday 26th, at a military airfield in Montevideo and went to see his mother in a spa resort close to the capital.

The president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, scrutinized FIFA’s choice to boycott Suarez over his third gnawing offense and blamed the representing body for venting its outrage on “a small country”, adding that it would “not cost FIFA much to be cruel with Uruguay as it is a small country.” The discipline was a “demonstration of animosity” against Uruguayan fans.

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