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You Are at a Higher Risk of Being Bitten by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez Than by a Shark


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When Uruguay played its ongoing World Cup match against Colombia, the team would do it without its star forward Luis Suarez, because FIFA banned him from doing anything associated with football for four months for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.

To the surprise of football fans, it was not the first time, actually the third time for Suarez, the Liverpool player to bite  an opponent during a match.

Ian Steadman from New Statesmen became curious about the sheer odds in which of an opponent would be bitten by Suarez, if compared with the odds that one could be bitten by a shark.

Among 441 professional matches of the national team and various clubs Suarez has played since 2005, 6,160 players (assuming 11 starting players and 3 substitutions for each match) would face the risk of getting bit. The odds that an opponent could be bitten by Suarez are 1 in 2,000, while the odds of being killed by a shark when swimming in the ocean are just 1 in 3.7 million.

However, if you take the odds of being bitten or just nipped by a shark into account, the numbers would be a little closer. For example, at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, which is thought to be the shark attack capital of the world, the odds of getting nibbled by a shark are 1 in 2,808 on a slow year or 1 in 800 during a record year if the 22,464 residents of the town swim at sea only once every year. So you can see the average odds are 1 in 2,000, similar to the case of Suarez. Actually the odds might be lower, because many people are possibly participating in swim there a few times every year.

Furthermore, the odds of being bitten by Suarez in a football game are much higher than getting struck by lightning (1 in 10,000), being killed in an plane crash (1 in 11 million), or being murdered in the Americas (1 in 6,100).

However, compared with Mike Tyson, Suarez would be not so dangerous as the boxer, because the odds of getting bitten by him during a boxing match are 1 in 50.

Source: New Statesman