The declaration challenges Christians to resist becoming so wrapped up in winning that they cut ethical corners. And it confronts another ever-present temptation for fans and players. "God," the declaration writers declare, "should not be portrayed as favoring one team or athlete over another."
FIFA, the governing body for World Cup soccer, is reviewing Suárez's actions and likely will issue a suspension for this outrageous assault. But the real question is what should or what ought Uruguay do?
Why do Latins win at Jeitinho? Maybe it's a by-product of Catholic rebellion, maybe it's the fresh memory of military governments and the urge to be free, maybe it's the heat, but whatever it is, the English and Americans should wake up to it.