Suarez set for lengthy ban
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has become embroiled in yet another biting storm after cameras appeared to catch him sinking his teeth into Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s 1-0 victory, the Telegraph has reported.
The spotlight was taken firmly off his side’s qualification from the group stages as seemingly unprovoked, Suarez bit Chiellini on the shoulder before falling to the ground holding his mouth.
The Italian defender pulled down his shirt to reveal the marks left by Suarez’s teeth, but referee Marco Rodriguez did not see the incident or send off the striker – despite the Italian’s attempts, while Uruguayan players tried to cover Chiellini’s exposed shoulder from view.
FIFA opened an immediate investigation in the aftermath of the match, and if they find Suarez to be guilty of such an act can impose a ban of up to two years in what was one of the most controversial episodes in World Cup history – and the striker could find himself on the end of a record ban.
A FIFA spokesman said: “We are awaiting the official match reports and will gather all the necessary elements in order to evaluate the matter.”
Chiellini himself called for FIFA to show ‘courage’ in taking actions against “sneak” Suarez while the striker claimed these clashes happen all the time.
Defender Chiellini said: “Suárez is a sneak and he gets away with it because Fifa want their stars to play in the World Cup.
“I would love to see if they have the courage to do anything against him. It was ridiculous not to send Suárez off. It is clear, clear-cut.
“And then there was the obvious dive afterwards because he knew very well that he did something that he shouldn’t have done.”
Tensions were understandably running high after the match but Uruguay leapt to the defence of their star man despite all the images on show.
Captain Diego Lugano accused the Italian of “crying and appealing against a rival”, slamming the players attitude towards the whole clash, while coach Oscar Tobarez accused the media of pursuing the media in an attempt of reporting his mistakes.
Suarez’s career is not without controversy, as is well documented, but if found guilty will be the third time he has bitten an opponent.
He was banned for seven matches at Ajax for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal in 2010, while also serving a 10 match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in 2013.
The striker was also banned for racially abusing Patrice Evra in 2011 and fined £40,000, missing eight games.
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