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Uruguay’s Suarez charged with biting opponent

By Associated Press


RIO DE JANEIRO >> FIFA has officially charged Uruguay's Luis Suarez with biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the teams' World Cup match, a process that could lead to a suspension for Uruguay's best offensive player.

FIFA announced early Wednesday that its disciplinary committee has opened proceedings against Suarez, just hours after the end of Tuesday's match. 

If the panel finds Suarez 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, which can include video recordings, by 10 a.m. Hawaii time Wednesday.

A decision must be published before Saturday, when Uruguay plays Colombia in a round-of-16 match at Maracana stadium. 

Uruguay advanced by beating Italy 1-0 on Tuesday in Natal. One minute before the decisive goal, Suarez clashed with Chiellini and was caught by television cameras apparently biting his shoulder.  

Match referee Marco Rodriguez of Mexico appeared not to see the incident and took no action. 

Brazil's World Cup has been a high-scoring tournament featuring late goals, comebacks, full stadiums and underdog stories, but the bite got much of the global attention Tuesday. 

Earlier in his career, the 27-year-old Suarez was suspended in the Netherlands and England for biting opponents. He didn't confirm or deny biting Chiellini, but said he was angry that the Italian defender had hit him in the eye during the game.

"These are things that happen on the pitch, we were both in the area, he thrust his shoulder into me," Suarez said in Spanish. "These things happen on the pitch, and we don't have to give them so much (importance)."

FIFA's disciplinary panel "is responsible for sanctioning serious infringements which have escaped the match officials' attention," the governing body said in a statement.

"Any type of proof may be produced," FIFA noted, including "reports from referees, declarations from the parties and witnesses, material evidence, audio or video recordings."

FIFA set a World Cup precedent for using video review in 1994. 

Then, in a quarterfinal, Italy defender Mauro Tassotti's elbow to the face of Spain's Luis Enrique escaped the referee's attention. FIFA later banned Tassotti for eight international matches.

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Ldub20_Owl316 wrote:
Of everyone alive why is Mike Tyson Luis's idol?
on June 25,2014 | 01:35AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Naw....Mike Tyson only likes ears. Shoulders are too tough and chewy.
on June 26,2014 | 09:16AM
false wrote:
Video shows Suarez clearly bit Chiellini. Suarez is crazy.
on June 25,2014 | 04:47AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
This is the same guy who committed the intentional handball against Ghana in 2010 WC. He was red-carded and missed the next match, but Ghana couldn't capitalize on the penalty and were eliminated. Unsportsmanlike even for a sport like international soccer. He's definitely got some screws loose...or maybe even missing.
on June 26,2014 | 10:13AM
KahinuG wrote:
wc fans make me laugh. just got back from europe and they make it a point there to distinguish between their football and 'american' football. trouble is, it isn't football, it's flop ball. these guys drop and flop around in feigned agony for just about everything... it's so phony. rugby is the far better game... soccer is pathetic.
on June 25,2014 | 05:51AM
BuhByeAloha wrote:
As I turned on the Italy game yesterday, I was wondering why I haven't been following soccer more closely. After 10 minutes watching dudes all over the place falling down in agony, I realized why. Such drama.
on June 25,2014 | 08:23AM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
This player has a history of doing the very same thing. He obviously hasn't learned and should be banned from the sports.
on June 26,2014 | 11:35AM
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