Luis Suarez is down and out of the great American game of soccer and must endure a four months suspension. Headbutts and punches incur shorter suspensions, smaller fines, and less general ire. Why does biting incite widespread anger and derision (and long suspensions) everywhere (except, perhaps, in Uruguay)?
Maybe because it involves saliva, an internal part of the body, germs, the unclean? Is it because it is a childish act? Is it because it involves teeth and conjures up images of vampirism? And speaking of vampirism, is biting so offensive in futból because it is sexual and soccer must remain a bastion of heterosexual masculine purity?
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