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Suarez waiting for ‘bite’ decision

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By Joe Haining

Thursday 26 June 2014

The disciplinary hearing to determine the fate of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is continuing after no verdict was reached in the initial discussions, reports BBC Sport.

Luis Suarez

In an incident that provoked much coverage and debate, Suarez appeared to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the teams’ decisive final group game at the World Cup in Brazil on Tuesday.

An independent disciplinary panel met to discuss the case on Wednesday, but were unable to come to a conclusive verdict, and will continue with the hearing today.

Wilmar Valdez, president of the Uruguayan Football Association was unsure of the significance of the delay, saying: "They met for a long time but we don't know if that is good or bad."

Liverpool striker Suarez of course has already been banned twice for biting during his career. First, in 2010 while playing for Ajax he received a seven-game sanction after biting Otman Bakkal of PSV Eindhoven. More recently, he was banned for 10 games after he bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League game at Anfield.

Fifa have confirmed that these previous offences could be taken into account during the hearing in respect of this latest incident, leading many to speculate that an even lengthier ban may be forthcoming should the 27-year-old be found guilty.

The maximum punishment possible would be suspensions of 24 matches or two years from all football.

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