Luis Suarez has alledgedly bitten Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the final group D game between Uruguay and Italy.
The incident took place in the penalty area in the final 10 minutes of the game, moments before Uruguayan defender Diego Godin scored the winner. The pair were jostling in the box before they tumbled to the ground when Suarez allegedly took the bite. Chiellini then ran to Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez showing the alleged bite mark.
Rodriguez missed the incident and paid no attention to Chiellini’s claims despite the Italian’s attempts to show the bite marks. Suarez could face up to two years on the sideline if FIFA finds significant evidence.
The Uruguayan is no stranger to controversy, especially of the chewy type. Suarez has served two prior suspensions for biting, previously at Ajax in the Eredivisie and at current club Liverpool in the English Premier League.
The loss sees Italy exit the World Cup and an agitated Chiellini claiming the referee got it wrong.
“It was ridiculous not to send Suarez off. It was clear, clear cut and then there was the obvious dive afterwards because he knew very well that he did something that he shouldn’t have,” Chiellini told Rai TV.
Uruguayan striker Suarez shrugged off the claim saying “these things happen”.
“It was just the two of us inside the area and he bumped into me with his shoulder. There are things that happen on the pitch and you should not make such a big deal out of them,” he told Uruguayan television afterwards.
Uruguay will face Colombia in the round of 16 and may be without their talisman, potentially de-railing their World Cup campaign as Uruguay have not been victorious without the Liverpool striker in Brazil. – Jake O’Brien
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