Gambling firm 888 Poker has ended its corporate sponsorship of Uruguayan Luis Suarez after the player was handed a four-month ban by FIFA for biting a fellow player at the World Cup.
888 Poker is an online gambling company’s and Suarez is their latest brand ambassadors following a fantastic season for which his achievements were widely recognized.
Read 888 Poker’s statement below:
“Regrettably, following his actions during Uruguay’s World Cup match against Italy on Tuesday, 888poker has decided to terminate its relationship with Luis Suarez with immediate effect.”
Also read Adidas’ statement:
Adidas, one of Suarez’s main sponsors, will be discussing its partnership with the Uruguay striker after the World Cup. Something they have reminded Suarez of his responsibilities following his previous biting incident with Branislav Ivanovic, the company will be meeting with the player after the World Cup.
Adidas fully supports FIFA’s decision; read statement below:
“adidas certainly does not condone Luis Suarez’s recent behaviour and we will again be reminding him of the high standards we expect from our players. We have no plan to use Suarez for any additional marketing activities during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. We will discuss all aspects of our future partnership directly with Suarez and his team following the World Cup.”
He had clashed with Giorgio Chiellini in the final minutes of Uruguay’s last Group D match against Italy, shortly before the South American champions scored to seal a 1-0 win and knock Italy out of the tournament. See more pics after the cut…
Suarez spotted leaving Brazil after the ban by FIFA
Bye bye Suarez: The first photos have emerged of the Uruguay striker in Natal, Brazil, since he received his ban. Little comfort: Suarez was seen embracing a member of coaching staff on a balcony at the team’s hotel
In his defence: Uruguay fans gather to express solidarity with player Luis Suarez while they await his arrival outside Montevideo’s Carrasco international airport after he banned from the World Cup for biting a player
Cannibal: Football-lovers in the city imitated Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini with his injured shoulder
Please don’t eat me! Suarez’s mockery continued as fans hijacked an advert on the streets of Rio de Janiero
Biting humour: Aside from facing the world’s mockery, Suarez will also miss several crucial matches
Support: A Uruguay fan shows a sign in solidarity with player Luis Suarez while waiting for his arrival outside Montevideo’s Carrasco international airport
Luis, we are with you: Diego Maradona compared Suarez’s ban to a prison sentence in Guantanamo Bay prison camp