FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Uruguay’s Luis Suarez over alleged biting during yesterday’s World Cup match against Italy. Suarez (pictured above, right) has been accused of biting a player for the third time in his career after an incident with Giorgio Chiellini (left). The Liverpool striker lunged at Italy defender Chiellini shortly before Diego Godin scored an 81st-minute winner to give Uruguay a 1-0 win in their Group D clash to send the South Americans through to the next stage and the Azzurri crashing out of the tournament.
Suarez is a sneak. I’d love to see if Fifa has the courage to use video evidence against him. The referee saw the bite mark too, but he did nothing about it.
Italian defender and ‘bite victim’ Giorgio Chiellini
A furious Chiellini pulled his shirt down to show the referee what appeared to be a bite mark on his shoulder, but no action was taken by the official during the match. The maximum ban Suarez could face if FIFA takes retrospective action is 24 matches or two years. FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce said: “FIFA must investigate the incident seriously and take whatever disciplinary action is deemed necessary.” Suarez was banned for 10 games after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League game in 2013, and got a seven match ban for biting a player in 2010 while playing for Ajax. In the other Group D match, England drew 0-0 with Costa Rica.
There are things that happen on the pitch and you should not make such a big deal out of them.
Luis Suarez after the match