Suarez faces long ban if guilty of bite
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez faces a lengthy ban that would force him to miss the rest of the World Cup if found guilty of biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.
Fifa, football’s governing body, has opened disciplinary proceedings against the striker following Uruguay’s 1-0 group win on Tuesday.
Chiellini claimed Suarez bit him on the left shoulder, but Suarez said the defender “bumped” into him.
Suarez, 27, could be banned for up to 24 matches or two years.
Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez took no action following the incident, but Fifa can still punish Suarez.
Radio 5 live’s Richard Conway, who is in Brazil, said: “Fifa will want to deal with this quickly so attention can once again return to matters on the pitch.
“Given that spitting at an opponent carries a minimum tariff of six games, you would expect biting to carry a ban in excess of that.
“That gives you the benchmark many people are working on and would mean his World Cup would be over.”
Uruguay face Colombia in the last 16 on Saturday after finishing second in Group D behind Costa Rica.
Suarez and the Uruguayan Football Association have until 21:00 BST on Wednesday to respond to Fifa.
Suarez’s actions have already received widespread condemnation.
Former England captain Alan Shearer told BBC Sport: “The pictures are damning and I don’t see how he can get away with it.”
Chris Waddle, a member of England’s World Cup squads in 1986 and 1990, said: “There will be people who will defend him, but I don’t know why. I’d make him wear a gumshield.”
Suarez has twice been suspended for biting opponents.
The Liverpool forward was given a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic’s arm during a Premier League match in April 2013.
He was also suspended for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal’s shoulder while Ajax captain in 2010.
Following the latest incident, Suarez told Uruguayan television after the game: “There are things that happen on the pitch and you should not make such a big deal out of them.
“It was just the two of us inside the area and he bumped into me with his shoulder.”
Chiellini, 29, described Suarez as “a sneak”.
He added: “I’d love to see if Fifa has the courage to use video evidence against him. The referee saw the bite mark but he did nothing about it.”
After the clash between the players, Suarez fell to the ground holding his mouth, apparently suggesting he had been elbowed.
Chiellini ran after the referee to show him the alleged bite mark, pulling his shirt down to bare his left shoulder.
As he did so, Uruguay forward Gaston Ramirez tried to stop him by pulling the Italian’s jersey back into place.
The incident occurred towards the end of the game, shortly before Suarez’s team-mate Diego Godin scored the only goal of the match.
Godin’s winner eliminated four-time champions Italy from the 2014 Fifa World Cup and secured Uruguay, semi-finalists in South Africa four years ago, a match against Colombia in the next round.