Planet China

Fit for the opener

While he sulks in disgrace, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez can take small solace from the fact that he’s sparked an entirely new product line in China. Now best known for biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini in this year’s World Cup, Suarez was banned from all soccer-related activities for four months by FIFA. But a Chinese manufacturer has decided to capitalise. According to China Daily, Dongguan Boxiang Rubber Products is making a bottle opener depicting a cartoon image of Suarez, with his famous fangs used to remove the caps from bottles. Orders soon began to build up on online shopping site Taobao, with the firm shipping its first 5,000 openers last Friday. The Dongguan firm is making the product based on a design it received from Taobao retailer Wang Lin, who had the idea after watching Suarez grind his gnashers into the Italian’s shoulder. Wang is selling them for Rmb17 ($2.70) apiece and says production can’t keep up with demand, although he fears that “customers might lose interest” after the tournament ends this weekend.

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