June 26, 2014

888 to review Luis Suarez poker sponsorship

888poker are currently reviewing their partnership with Luis Suarez, after FIFA launched an investigation into yesterday’s alleged bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.

The controversial Liverpool and Uruguay playmaker clashed with the Juventus clubman in the 79th minute of their 1-0 win at the Estadio das Dunas. Referee Marco Rodriguez missed the incident, although he awarded a free kick against the South Americans. However, the company released a statement via their official twitter account, which reads: “Following recent allegations made against Luis Suárez, we are reviewing our relationship with him. We will not tolerate unsporting behavior.”

The striker penned an agreement to become their global brand ambassador just last month, but that deal is now in jeopardy, as is his career with the Reds. The number 9 could face another spell on the sidelines after the governing body confirmed that it has the power to take retrospective action. FIFA intervened after Italy’s Mauro Tassotti lashed out at Spain’s Luis Enrique in their World Cup quarter final clash at USA 94. He was subsequently banned for a record eight international games, but given Suarez’s previous in his time for Ajax and the Reds, he could be barred for up to two years if proven guilty.

Potential suitors Real Madrid and Barcelona have expressed interest, but question marks will remain as to whether Brendan Rodgers will cash in on the frontman, someone he stuck by after biting Chelsea’s Ivanovic last year.

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