World Handball Championship: Biting attack sparks controversy

About to occur: USA’s Paul Skorupa (left) bites the hand of Bahrain’s Hussein Al-Sayad. Photo: TT News Agency/AP / Johan Nilsson

Handball World Championship

Yannick Sauer

The sports activities world has seen a number of assaults. Because though it is unlawful in all sports activities, even in an MMA struggle, there are occasions when somebody’s fuse blows.

Soccer followers keep in mind Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, who bit his opponents a number of occasions throughout his profession. Legendary boxer Mike Tyson is liable for probably the most well-known chew in sports activities historical past. In 1997, he bit off a part of the ear of his rival Evander Holyfield.

Evander Holyfield smiles after Mike Tyson bites his ear.

Evander Holyfield smiles after Mike Tyson bites his ear.Photo: dpa / Jeff Haynes

Now there’s additionally a scandal in handball – a Lübeck participant is liable for it.

The World Handball Championship, at the moment in Poland and Sweden, was marred by an altercation in Thursday’s primary spherical conflict between the USA and Bahrain. American Paul Skorupa, who performs for the membership “WfL Lübeck-Schwartau” within the second division of Germany, was despatched off for biting an opponent within the fortieth minute.

Skorupa bit his opponents blood

He was too aggressive defensively, falling behind 19:21 and biting the hand of Bahrain’s Hussain Al-Sayyad. Bloodstains on his arms and video proof examined by a decide convicted Skorupa.

The Dusseldorf-born hoops runner noticed a blue card along with his pink card for being despatched off. It means the 23-year-old faces additional disciplinary motion.

Handball commentators had been stunned by the chew

The motion shocked the American sports activities commentator answerable for the sport. “I’ve by no means seen something like this earlier than,” he informed Focus information portal, shocked by Skorupa’s chew attack.

German commentator duo Finn-Ole Martins and Ina Grossmann additionally reacted in disbelief after watching the replay. “Look, he did not examine the deodorant. He bit it! It’s unbelievable,” Finn-Ole Martins mentioned to his colleague.

Sportdeutschland individually uploaded footage surrounding Skourpa and Al-Sayyad to YouTube.Video: YouTube/SDTV Handball

Skorupa protests his innocence

So far, the participant himself has commented on the explosive scenario. “The TV photos of the scene look very unhappy. But I need to guarantee you that I didn’t chew my opponent,” Skorupa wrote on the Instagram account of his membership VfL Lübeck-Schwartau.

He goes on to jot down: “I used my chin to maintain his throwing arm down and go.

Everyone has to determine for themselves what they consider this reasoning. The controversial scene may be seen right here on Sportdeutschland TV’s YouTube channel.

There are footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gigi Buffon or Zlatan Ibrahimovic who need to play soccer even after the age of 40. Then there are soccer gamers who retire at 30. It was Gareth Bale who resigned a couple of days in the past on the age of 33. A yr in the past, 33-year-old Kun Aguero gave up his boots attributable to well being causes.

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