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Biting a fellow human? All part of the fun for Uruguay fans channelling Suarez

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Swathes of Uruguay fans filtered into the Maracana armed with Luis Suarez masks ahead of their nation’s all-South American match with Colombia.

Meanwhile, inside the stadium’s depths, officials had hung Suarez’s number nine shirt in the dressing room alongside those of his team-mates.

The only noticeable difference between his changing room booth and his team-mates' was the absence of socks and a hoard of football boots.

Edinson Cavani gathered a handful of team-mates around their talisman striker’s shirt and uploaded a snap to social media along with a passionate battle cry.

Whether it was an act of unity or defiance mattered little. Uruguay were fully behind their striker.

While we might think that the sight of one human being biting another is despicable, degrading and dehumanising, for many Uruguayans it seems like it's a just a bit of harmless fun.

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Uruguay fans proud of their very own monster, Suarez

Even the Phantom of the Opera turned up in Brazil, with a sign reading, "Luis, we're going to bite Brazil for you!"

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Uruguay fans proud of their very own monster, Suarez

No self-respecting Uruguay fan would be seen dead without their blue comedy teeth.

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Uruguay fans proud of their very own monster, Suarez

"Well, sir, to go with your comedy teeth might I interest you in some facepaint and a blue wig?"

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Uruguay fans proud of their very own monster, Suarez

"Uruguay - Let's do it with claws and teeth!" is the rought translation of this banner. Because obviously using feet and heads just ain't enough fun...

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Uruguay fans proud of their very own monster, Suarez

"Luis bit a man - but you bit a nation!" This fan's message for FIFA was put together with no expense spared. An entire sheet of A3 and a pack of felt tips went into it!

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Uruguay fans proud of their very own monster, Suarez

Suarez's granny claimed on Friday that her favourite millionaire relative had been "treated like a dog". Judging from this fan's get-up, many fans thought that was pretty apt.

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Uruguay fans proud of their very own monster, Suarez

Embarassing dads, eh? This kid couldn't look more mortified if he'd been bitten on the shoulder by a fellow human being.

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Uruguay fans proud of their very own monster, Suarez

Speaking of children, these fans predict that for his next trick, Suarez will eat a Brazilian baby!

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Uruguay fans proud of their very own monster, Suarez

"Todos somos Suarez" was the fans' most popular chant on Saturday, and a Suarez face mask almost always went with it. The message "We're all Suarez" is a reference to the anti-racism campaign which went viral a couple of months ago, "We're all monkeys". Yes folks, Uruguay reckon that Suarez has been wronged as badly as victims of racial abuse. Anyone else re-thinking that planned holiday in Montevideo?

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Uruguay fans proud of their very own monster, Suarez

There were actually several baby-eating-Suarezes in Rio on Saturday. God knows what the reaction would be if the man himself actually did attack an infant next time round.

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