Gamblers cash in on Suarez bite

Football fans from Norway placed a bet that Suarez would bite someone during the World Cup.

Uruguay’s forward Luis Suarez reacts after clashing with Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 Fifa World Cup on 24 June, 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Two Norwegian football fans have cashed in after betting that Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez would bite someone during the Fifa World Cup.

According to _ AftenPosten_ newspaper, Thomas Syversen saw that online betting site Betsson was offering a 175-1 odds that Suarez would bite someone during the World Cup.

Andreas Bardun, sportsbook manager for gambling site Betsson said 167 gamblers placed bets on the prop.

Syversen bet 32 krone (around R62) and when the news that Suarez had bitten Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder emerged, Syversen earned around 5519 krone (R10,680) and tweeted a receipt of his winnings.

@njalz @andrefkr

Syversen, a frequent gambler who has won more than $20,000 playing in poker tournaments, says he will use some of the money to fund future gambling, but will also buy his girlfriend a birthday present.

Another Norwegian fan Richard Helmersen also reportedly cashed in on the bet.

Helmersen put 100 krone (around R194) on the bet and won just under 20,000 krone (just under R38,000).

Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Suarez over the incident which took place during a World Cup 2014 group match on Tuesday.

Suarez has already been banned for biting twice before.

Last year, the Uruguayan bit Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League match and received a 10 match ban andwas suspended in 2010 for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax Amsterdam.

Meanwhile, Suarez's latest indiscretion has sent social media networks into a frenzy with commercial brands started tweeting razor sharp remarks and funny memes poking fun at the Uruguayan "muncher".