FIFA Opens Disciplinary Proceedings Against Suarez
This is the third time in his career that the 27 year old has been caught on cameras sinking his teeth into an opponent.
In 2013 Suarez was slapped with a ban of 10 matches for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic after previous seven-game ban in 2010 for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax.
Suarez was thereafter banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
In response to the incident, Suarez told a Uruguay TV station that “There are things that happen on the pitch and you should not make such a big deal out of them.”.
FIFA Vice-president Jim Boyce said has however condemned the acts saying that his actions have left him open to severe criticism.
Boyce added that “I have watched the incident several times on television. There is no doubt Luis Suarez is a fantastic footballer but, once again,. FIFA must investigate the incident.”
Everton manager Roberto Martinez, also an analyst applauded Suarez’s individual effort on the pitch but insisted the striker needs help.
In Article 77 of FIFA's disciplinary code, the disciplinary committee is responsible for sanctioning serious infringements which have escaped the match officials' attention and rectifying obvious errors in the referee's disciplinary decisions.
The longest ban that FIFA has handed to a player in World Cup history was eight games for Italy’s Mauro Tassotti for breaking Spain’s Luis Enrique nose in 1994.
Although Suarez is yet to know his fate, FIFA’s has the power to suspend a player for upto a maximum of 24 international matches which can include club games.
Despite the controversial game Uruguay sailed through with a 1-0 win over Italy after Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin header in the 81st minute.
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By Morgan Mueke
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