World Cup 2014 Bite Controversy : Luis Suarez's Tough Childhood to Blame, Says Sports Psychologist

Tom Fawcett from Salford University told the BBC on Wednesday that Luis Suarez required more help than just spending some time undergoing therapy with people such as him as the problem was so deeply etched in his psyche.

updated: June 25, 2014 23:33 IST
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Uruguays Luis Suarez reacts after clashing with Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014

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London: Uruguay's volatile star Luis Suarez's propensity for biting opponents stems from his under-privileged childhood, a leading sports psychologist told the BBC.

The 27-year-old Liverpool striker -- who has been banned for lengthy periods for two previous biting incidents -- is alleged to have bitten Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in their World Cup Group D game on Tuesday.

Governing body FIFA are investigating the incident and if found guilty of biting he could face a ban of up to 24 matches.

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