FIFA have opened proceedings against Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for allegedly biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s match against Italy.
Uruguay defeated Italy in their high profile clash last night and the South American side booked their place in the next round. Italy went down to 10-man after Claudio Marchisio was sent off for a rough challenge, while captain Diego Godin scored the winner in the 81st minute of the game with a thumping header. But it was Luis Suarez who grabbed all the headlines with another moment of madness on the pitch.
In an off the ball incident the Liverpool striker was involved in an altercation with Italian center back Giorgio Chiellini and replays showed that Suarez proceeded with intent towards the Juventus defender and allegedly attempted a bite. Chiellini was left furious and ran towards the official to show the bite marks, but the officials refused to take any action.
Suarez expectedly grabbed all the headlines due to that incident and his past record of attempting something similar on two more opponents, the latest of which was in a much talked about incident involving Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Now FIFA has decided to open proceedings against the Uruguayan striker and Suarez could possibly face multi-match bans, if proved guilty.
“FIFA can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the player Luis Suarez of Uruguay following an apparent breach of art. 48 and/or art. 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ match Italy-Uruguay played on 24 June 2014. The player and/or the Uruguayan FA are invited to provide with their position and any documentary evidence they deem relevant until 25 June 2014, 5pm, Brasilia time.
“According to art. 77 lit. a of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC), the FIFA Disciplinary Committee is responsible for sanctioning serious infringements which have escaped the match officials’ attention. Furthermore, according to art. 96 of the FDC, any type of proof may be produced (par. 1), in particular are admissible, reports from referees, declarations from the parties and witnesses, material evidence, audio or video recordings (par. 3).” – Read an official statement released by FIFA.
This is likely to end Suarez’s involvement in the World Cup as Uruguay prepare to participate in the round of 16, it will be a big blow to their ambitions of progressing further in the tournament. FIFA’s disciplinary code sets a maximum ban of 24 matches or two years, while the minimum punishment is a ban of two matches.