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article imageOp-Ed: Bottle openers and sex toys — Cashing in on Suarez's bite

By Karen Graham     Jul 5, 2014 in Business
The infamous bite by Uruguay's Luis Suarez has been felt around the world. Suarez was banned from "all football activity" for biting Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's World Cup game against Italy, but one country is taking advantage of the fateful bite.
Believe it or not, but China's online stores are ready to cash in on the infamous Suarez bite, selling bottle openers online with a cartoon image of the Uruguayan player, mouth wide open and snarling angrily. The openers are retailing for a mere $2.70 (USD).
The China Daily reports the new product is proving to be very popular. "I came up with the idea the night I watched the game and saw the bite," said Wang Lin, who owns an e-shop on Taobao.com. Mr. Wang Lin is distressed though, because manufacturing can't keep up with demand.
It has to be said, though that China wasn't the first country with a clever entrepreneur. Sweden beat them by a mile when an online sex shop began advertising something called a "Suarez nipple clamp." It is in the form of the footballer's head with his teeth bared, for 33 euros ($45). All I can think about this is "ouch."
Poor Suarez is going to be left out of the profits on all the gadgets resulting from his teeth being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but right now he has enough to worry about. He was suspended from football for the next four months and fined $100,000 Swiss Francs ($112,000).
What makes matters worse is that this is the third time Suarez has bitten an opponent during a game. Suarez has said the bite to Chiellini's ear was an unfortunate accident caused after he crashed into the Italian player. Makes you wonder though, doesn't it?
Claudio Sulser, the head of FIFA's disciplinary committee on Thursday confirmed that Uruguay was appealing the ban and the suspension given Suarez. Sulser, when asked for more information on the case, told a Eurosport UK reporter, "This is still an ongoing case and an appeal has been filed, so I prefer not to give my opinion.”
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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