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FIFA charges Suarez over biting claim

Thursday, June 26, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO - Uruguay star Luis Suarez could be facing a lengthy ban after he was charged by FIFA for allegedly biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

FIFA said yesterday that its disciplinary committee has opened proceedings against Suarez.

If the Liverpool striker — already banned twice before for biting — is found guilty of assaulting an opponent, FIFA rules call for a ban of at least two matches up to a maximum of 24 months.

FIFA asked the team to present evidence by 5pm today and a decision must be published before Saturday, when Uruguay play Colombia in a round-of-16 match.

Uruguay captain Diego Godin headed home an 81st-minute goal to secure a 1-0 in a gritty Group D battle in Natal that ensured his team progressed, while Italy was eliminated in the first round for the second straight World Cup.

But the match was overshadowed by the Suarez incident just moments before Godin's winner.

Television replays showed Suarez appearing to attempt to sink his teeth into Chiellini's shoulder in an off-the-ball incident. Match referee Marco Rodriguez of Mexico appeared not to see the incident and took no action.

Chiellini angrily remonstrated with Rodriguez, pulling his shirt off his shoulder to show red marks.

Afterwards a disgusted Chiellini told Italian television: "He bit me, it's clear, I still have the mark.

"The referee should have blown his whistle and given him a red card," he added.

Suarez sought to play down the incident to Uruguayan television, claiming Chiellini had barged him.

"There are things that happen on the pitch and you should not make such a big deal out of them," Suarez said.

Uruguay's veteran manager Oscar Tabarez pleaded ignorance of the incident.

"I didn't see it. I'd like to see the images first," he told the post-match press conference. Tabarez also suggested Suarez was being victimised by journalists.

"He is the preferred target for a lot of media," Tabarez said.

Pressed on the issue, a visibly irritated Tabarez refused to condemn Suarez.

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