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Higher Chance of Being Bitten by Luis Suarez than by a Shark

According to Wikipedia, Luis Suarez has played 441 matches for both club and country since the 2005/06 season. In that time, he has bitten 3 opponents: PSV’s Otman Bakkal in November 2010, Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanović in April 2013, and now Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in the 2014 World Cup.

So how much risk does a professional player face when playing against Luis Suarez?

Let’s crunch some numbers. Suarez’s bite rate of three in 441 means we can expect him to take a bite out of someone every 147 matches, but if we assume that there are 14 players at risk of being bitten (that’s 11 starting players and assuming three substitutes come on) that means Suarez has bitten three players out of the 6,160 who have lined up against him in his professional career.

We can therefore conclude that Luis Suarez has roughly a one in 2,000 chance of biting any individual opposition player. For comparison, the following things are less likely than being bitten by Luis Suarez:

  • Bitten by a shark while swimming in the ocean (one in 3.7 million)
  • Struck by lightning once across an 80 year lifespan (one in 10,000)
  • Dying from a hornet, wasp or bee attack (one in 75,852)
  • Being killed by a firearm in the United States (one in 6,509)
  • Living on a coastline and experiencing a tsunami (one in 50,000)
  • Hit by an asteroid (one in 700,000)
Read More: newstatesman.com

One Comment

  1. Mosissa Million

    June 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Shit!!!!!!!!!!!!! go go run!

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