Altidore victim of nipple-cripple and bite in USA's win over El Salvador

El Salvador took tight marking at corners to a whole new level when defender Henry Romero bit and nipple-crippled USA striker Jozy Altidore during their Gold Cup clash.

Altidore nipple cripple

Source: BeIn Sports

It's not uncommon for defenders to push the boundaries of the rules while defending set-pieces - shirt-pulling, subtle pushing and even sometimes stepping on toes, but Romero's nipple-cripple and bite combination is almost unheard of.

What's worse he wasn't punished by the referee, however he could face retrospective sanctions in the coming weeks.

Altidore seemed to see the funny side of it, speaking after his side's 2-0 quarter-final victory, the former Sunderland striker said his girlfriend was more upset than him. 

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"My girl’s mad at me. She’s mad at me and she’s mad at Romero. She’s like 'Only I can bite you. Only I can grab your nipples.'"

Altidore wasn't the only victim of a bite during the match, USA defender Omar Gonzalez was also on the end of a nibble. 



Luis Suarez was famously banned for four months by FIFA after biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup. 


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Published 20 July 2017 at 5:55pm
By Nick Stoll