Luis Suarez bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder in Tuesday's World Cup encounter in Natal.The two clashed late in the Group D fixture which Uruguay went on to win 1-0 to eliminate the Azzurri.
June 24, 2014 (Newswire) - Luis Suarez bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder in Tuesday's World Cup encounter in Natal.The two clashed late in the Group D fixture which Uruguay went on to win 1-0 to eliminate the Azzurri.
FIFA's disciplinary code sets a maximum ban of 24 matches or two years, but the longest ban in World Cup history was eight games for Italy's Mauro Tassotti for breaking Spain's Luis Enrique's nose in 1994 with an elbow .Suarez has attempted to defend himself following the incident, telling Uruguayan television: "These situations happen on the pitch, we were both just inside the area, he struck me in the chest with his shoulder and he hit me in the eye as well.FIFA's disciplinary code allows action to be taken retrospectively via video evidence even if the incident has been seen by the referee.Chiellini tried to show referee Marco Rodriguez the mark but no action was taken, and he believes the authorities must now look back at what happened and punish Suarez.
Suarez and/or the Uruguayan Football Association have until 4 p.m. ET Wednesday to provide any evidence they deem relevant to their position. The player denied the accusation, saying, "These situations happen on the field. I had contact with his shoulder, nothing more, things like that happen all the time."
He told Sky Italia: "Suarez has bitten me and the referee saw it, but then there is the need to have the courage to take decisions.
"We will see if there is the courage to utilise the TV images to ban him."
FIFA has announced it will investigate the latest allegations of biting against Luis Suarez with Liverpool's Uruguay striker likely to face a lengthy ban if found guilty.The Liverpool forward could face a lengthy ban from football after being accused of biting an opponent for the third time in his controversial career.