The Biter Strikes Again!
Luis Suarez at it again? Uruguay star appears to bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during World Cup game
The World Cup has had its fair share of controversies over the years and it seems that Luis Suarez will be the centre of this year’s tournament after appearing to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the Uruguay/Italy crunch match in Natal last night.
Uruguay won the match 1-0, sealing their place in the knockout stage at the expense of the Italians, but it will be Suarez who takes the limelight after the incident near the end of the game. The pair came together in an altercation inside the box in the 80th minute, both fell to the floor and in the minutes to come there would be much controversy.
After getting back to his feet, the Italian defender ran to the referee, pulled down his shirt over his shoulder and seemed to gesture to teeth marks. Replays have been inconclusive, there was definitely a gesture by Suarez towards the shoulder of Cheillini but whether he bit the Italian is still up for debate.
It’s not the first time Suarez has bitten an opponent. In 2010, while playing for Ajax, the Uruguayan was banned for seven games after biting PSV Eindhoven’s Ottman Bakkai and in 2013 he was banned for ten games for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against the Londoners at Anfield.
FIFA announced that it will conduct a full investigation into the incident, with the Liverpool striker likely to get a lengthy ban if found guilty. FIFA disciplinary code states a maximum ban of 24 matches or two years and the football organisation also has the power to impose a ban to all football including club games.
The news gets worse for Suarez as his club team Liverpool are due to hold crisis talks today about the future of the striker. The club has declined to comment about the Suarez incident, waiting instead for the full facts to be released and for FIFA to cast their judgement before making a statement.
The longest World Cup ban in history was eight games, it was given to Italy’s Mauro Tassotti in 1994 after he broke Spanish attacker Luis Enrique’s nose with a blatant elbow.