Suarez facing long suspension after latest 'biting' controversy

Daily Echo: Luis Suarez is facing a long suspension for this incident. Picture: BBC. Luis Suarez is facing a long suspension for this incident. Picture: BBC.

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Uruguay striker Luis Suarez after he appered to bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during their sides' World Cup match in Natal yesterday.

And that could result in a lengthy suspension which could even apply to club football, ruling Suarez out of Liverpool's opening game of the 2014/15 Premier League season at home to Saints and for many matches beyond.

The incident occurred in the latter stages of the Group D encounter, which Uruguay won 1-0 to progress to the knock-out stages.

And although the incident was missed by the match referee, FIFA's disciplinary committee has taken retrospective action and Suarez could be facing a lengthy ban that would keep him out of the last-16 match against Colombia and beyond should Uruguay progress.

Uruguay and Suarez have until 5pm local time (9pm BST) today to provide evidence.

A statement on FIFA's website said: "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)."

FIFA's disciplinary code sets a maximum ban of 24 matches or two years, but the longest ban in World Cup history was eight games for Italy's Mauro Tassotti for breaking Spain's Luis Enrique's nose in 1994 with an elbow. Zinedine Zidane was given a three-match ban for headbutting Marco Materazzi in the 2006 final.

Suarez has twice been banned for biting opponents - for 10 matches in 2013 for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic and in 2010 he was given a seven-game ban while playing for Ajax for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal.

FIFA's disciplinary code allows action to be taken retrospectively via video evidence even if the incident has been seen by the referee.

Suarez - who missed Liverpool''s home loss to Saints last September as he was still serving a suspensoon for biting Ivanovic - moved to defend himself on Uruguay television after the flashpoint.

He said: "These situations happen on the pitch, we were both just inside the area, he struck me in the chest with his shoulder and he hit me in the eye as well.

"These are things that happen on the pitch and you shouldn't attach so much importance to them.

"I'm very happy to have qualified. We are taking each game as it comes, we know that we're in a difficult situation, we're at our limits now."

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9:18am Wed 25 Jun 14

Dave Juson says...

There is a time and a place for such impulses and I cannot help thinking that attempting to eat raw human flesh in a packed football stadium, before the body has been humanely killed is in bad taste.
As is this post. Obviously.
There is a time and a place for such impulses and I cannot help thinking that attempting to eat raw human flesh in a packed football stadium, before the body has been humanely killed is in bad taste. As is this post. Obviously. Dave Juson
  • Score: 12

9:25am Wed 25 Jun 14

SaintJD says...

Can't help thinking he's bitten off more than he can chew this time.
Can't help thinking he's bitten off more than he can chew this time. SaintJD
  • Score: 7

9:42am Wed 25 Jun 14

Ozmosis says...

"These situations happen on the pitch, we were both just inside the area, he struck me in the chest with his shoulder and he hit me in the eye as well."

That's why he went down holding his teeth. Muppet
"These situations happen on the pitch, we were both just inside the area, he struck me in the chest with his shoulder and he hit me in the eye as well." That's why he went down holding his teeth. Muppet Ozmosis
  • Score: 4

10:00am Wed 25 Jun 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Hello! This is the World Cup Finals! FIFA's showpiece event watched by billions.
Countless youngsters kicking about on parks or at schools will look to their fave superstar players for inspiration. FIFA has a duty to the game to make sure the right signals are being sent - to reward the good and punish the bad.

Luis Suarez - talented but flawed. Previous bans obviously haven't worked. FIFA have a chance here to show the world the sort of behaviour most of us parents educate out of naughty two-year-olds isn't welcome in the game they are custodians of.
An International ban or a worldwide ban (to include clubs)?
10 games? 20 games? A year? Two years?

Liverpool FC must be bricking it this morning.
Hello! This is the World Cup Finals! FIFA's showpiece event watched by billions. Countless youngsters kicking about on parks or at schools will look to their fave superstar players for inspiration. FIFA has a duty to the game to make sure the right signals are being sent - to reward the good and punish the bad. Luis Suarez - talented but flawed. Previous bans obviously haven't worked. FIFA have a chance here to show the world the sort of behaviour most of us parents educate out of naughty two-year-olds isn't welcome in the game they are custodians of. An International ban or a worldwide ban (to include clubs)? 10 games? 20 games? A year? Two years? Liverpool FC must be bricking it this morning. Jan28th1984
  • Score: 6

10:05am Wed 25 Jun 14

Costa Baz says...

This will give Liverpool the excuse to sell him, now, without losing face with their fans, so a blessing in disguise for them.
It will also allow them to offer a cash up front deal, for any of our players, with none of those silly ad dons. That is if they really want them!
This will give Liverpool the excuse to sell him, now, without losing face with their fans, so a blessing in disguise for them. It will also allow them to offer a cash up front deal, for any of our players, with none of those silly ad dons. That is if they really want them! Costa Baz
  • Score: 4

10:22am Wed 25 Jun 14

Brite Spark says...

Jim Steele used to 'bite yer ankles' - that seemed ok at the time.
Jim Steele used to 'bite yer ankles' - that seemed ok at the time. Brite Spark
  • Score: 0

10:28am Wed 25 Jun 14

Beer Monster says...

There's someone in Norway who'll be rattling his gnashers all the way to the bank today - wonder if it's our very own Norge?

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There's someone in Norway who'll be rattling his gnashers all the way to the bank today - wonder if it's our very own Norge? http://metro.co.uk/2 014/06/24/football-f an-wins-500-after-be tting-3-on-luis-suar ez-biting-player-at- world-cup-4774558/?i to=facebook Beer Monster
  • Score: 0

10:31am Wed 25 Jun 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

The Italian will have to shoulder some of the blame!
The Italian will have to shoulder some of the blame! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 2

10:46am Wed 25 Jun 14

Sammy2sheds says...

He will get 5 game ban and Brenda Rogers will be there backing him up and further insulting his own club and supporters.surely even pool fans can see this is not what they are about.
Frankly Mr shankly I'm appalled
He will get 5 game ban and Brenda Rogers will be there backing him up and further insulting his own club and supporters.surely even pool fans can see this is not what they are about. Frankly Mr shankly I'm appalled Sammy2sheds
  • Score: 2

10:57am Wed 25 Jun 14

Positively4thStreet says...

I was chatting with my dentist this morning,and he thinks this will have left quite an impression on Chiellini.
I was chatting with my dentist this morning,and he thinks this will have left quite an impression on Chiellini. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 1

11:33am Wed 25 Jun 14

mrs pepperpot says...

He was hungry, fancied an Italian.
He was hungry, fancied an Italian. mrs pepperpot
  • Score: 3

11:35am Wed 25 Jun 14

Mary80 says...

Just send him to a zoo if he wants to act like an animal simple solution.
Just send him to a zoo if he wants to act like an animal simple solution. Mary80
  • Score: 1

11:59am Wed 25 Jun 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Pull his NASHERS out with a pair of pliers , this will STOP HIM .
Suck it and SEE Suarez !!! .
Pull his NASHERS out with a pair of pliers , this will STOP HIM . Suck it and SEE Suarez !!! . SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 2

12:57pm Wed 25 Jun 14

right back in the bar says...

mental retard; a complete moron. Embarrassing for Liverpool but depressing that other clubs will be queuing up for his signature should they decide to offload. What is really needed is his complete banishment from the game.
mental retard; a complete moron. Embarrassing for Liverpool but depressing that other clubs will be queuing up for his signature should they decide to offload. What is really needed is his complete banishment from the game. right back in the bar
  • Score: 2

2:01pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Muttdogg says...

LFC Always seems to have gone quiet all of a sudden.
LFC Always seems to have gone quiet all of a sudden. Muttdogg
  • Score: 2

2:12pm Wed 25 Jun 14

gazw1976 says...

apparently he is really gutted he will get a ban as he was looking forward to playing germany at some point as he fancied a leg of lahm .
apparently he is really gutted he will get a ban as he was looking forward to playing germany at some point as he fancied a leg of lahm . gazw1976
  • Score: 3

2:13pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Positively4thStreet says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
Pull his NASHERS out with a pair of pliers , this will STOP HIM .
Suck it and SEE Suarez !!! .
Just needs to be muzzled during matches.
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: Pull his NASHERS out with a pair of pliers , this will STOP HIM . Suck it and SEE Suarez !!! .[/p][/quote]Just needs to be muzzled during matches. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 3

2:33pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Zexagon says...

Muttdogg wrote:
LFC Always seems to have gone quiet all of a sudden.
Since last night?
[quote][p][bold]Muttdogg[/bold] wrote: LFC Always seems to have gone quiet all of a sudden.[/p][/quote]Since last night? Zexagon
  • Score: 3

7:15pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Mary80 says...

He's done this THREE TIMES now he should get blacklisted from the entire sport of football
He's done this THREE TIMES now he should get blacklisted from the entire sport of football Mary80
  • Score: 1

7:25pm Wed 25 Jun 14

southamptonadi says...

Looks like Rickie will get a bigger look in than he thought
Looks like Rickie will get a bigger look in than he thought southamptonadi
  • Score: 1

11:58pm Wed 25 Jun 14

sparkster says...

goof idea muzzle him, if he wants to act like an animal treat him like one
goof idea muzzle him, if he wants to act like an animal treat him like one sparkster
  • Score: 0

1:56am Thu 26 Jun 14

C.R.R.A says...

One day someone will knock his teeth down his throat.
One day someone will knock his teeth down his throat. C.R.R.A
  • Score: 1

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