Suarez at centre of another biting scandal

01:25, Jun 25 2014
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Costa Rica's Joel Campbell celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Uruguay during their Group D match.
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Costa Rica's Joel Campbell scores a goal during his sides Group D soccer match against Uruguay.
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Costa Rica's Joel Campbell is fouled by Uruguay's Maximiliano Pereira, who was issued a red card for the foul.
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Costa Rica's Marco Urena shoots to score past Uruguay's Fernando Muslera during their Group D match.
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A general view of the arena during theGroup D match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at Castelao.
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Mario Balotelli of Italy scores his team's second goal on a header past Gary Cahill and goalkeeper Joe Hart of England during the Group D match.
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England's Wayne Rooney and Italy's Giorgio Chiellini fight for the ball.
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England trainer Gary Lewin is stretchered off the field after a leg injury during the Group D match between England and Italy.
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Italy's Claudio Marchisio scores past England's goalkeeper Joe Hart during their Group D soccer match.
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Uruguay's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal past England's Joe Hart.
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England's Danny Welbeck fights for the ball with Uruguay's Egidio Arevalo Rios and Uruguay's Edinson Cavani.
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Luis Suarez of Uruguay shoots and scores his team's second goal during the Group D match between Uruguay and England.
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England's Wayne Rooney scores his team's first goal past Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.
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Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Group D match between Uruguay and England.
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Uruguay fans celebrate with a poster of Luis Suarez after the Group D match between Uruguay and England.
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Bryan Ruiz celebrates his first-half goal that decided Costa Rica's 1-0 victory over Italy.
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Italy's Ignazio Abate and Costa Rica's Christian Bolanos battle to control the ball.
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Uruguay players celebrate, while Italy players react, after their World Cup Group D football match at the Dunas arena in Natal.
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Italy's Giorgio Chiellini shows his shoulder after claiming he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez.
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Luis Suarez of Uruguay and Giorgio Chiellini of Italy react after a clash at Estadio das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. Chiellini accused Suarez of biting him.
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Giorgio Chiellini of Italy challenges Maximilliano Pereira of Uruguay during their Group D match.
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Uruguay's Luis Suarez fights for the ball with Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during their World Cup Group D football match at the Dunas arena in Natal.
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Cristian Gamboa of Costa Rica challenges Luke Shaw of England during their World Cup Group D match at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
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Goalkeeper Keylor Navas of Costa Rica makes a save on Daniel Sturridge of England at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
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Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica holds off a challenge by England's Frank Lampard during their Group D 0-0 draw in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
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England's Wayne Rooney (left) fights for the ball with Costa Rica's Junior Diaz during their Group D football match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was at the centre of another biting storm this morning and could face a two-year ban after appearing to sink his teeth into the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the teams' decisive World Cup Group D game.

Suarez and Chiellini clashed in the Italian penalty area 10 minutes from the end of the match and the furious Italian pulled open his shirt to show the mark to the referee.

Agency photographs show what appear to be bite marks on his shoulder.

Giorgio Chiellini
THAT HURTS: Italy's Giorgio Chiellini shows his shoulder after the alleged bite.

The Italians were still complaining about the incident when Uruguay captain Diego Godin scored with an 81st-minute header to secure a 1-0 win that sent them into the second round and eliminated Italy.

''It was ridiculous not to send Suarez off,'' Chiellini told Rai TV.

''It is 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 done.''

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Luis Suarez, Giorgio Chiellini
CONTRASTING REACTIONS: Luis Suarez holds his teeth while Giorgio Chiellini remonstrates after the clash.

Suarez was banned for 10 games last year after biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League game and in 2010 he was suspended for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax Amsterdam.

Four years ago he missed Uruguay's World Cup semi-final against the Netherlands after being sent for a handball on the line that denied Ghana what would have been a match-winning goal in the final minute of extra time in a last-eight match.

For the latest incident, the Uruguayan star could be banned by Fifa for up to 24 matches or two years, according to the governing body's disciplinary rules.

Still, any action could depend on Fifa judging the case using video evidence - which Fifa President Sepp Blatter is on record this year as supporting.

''Video evidence can contribute greatly to fair play, provided the sport's disciplinary bodies are prepared to use it - and they should,'' Blatter wrote in his column in Fifa's weekly magazine in February.

Now, the future of Suarez at the World Cup depends in the first instance on the report of Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez.

This morning, Fifa said only that it was waiting for Rodriguez's report before evaluating it. That is a standard procedure following every match at a Fifa competition.  

There is a World Cup precedent for video review.

In a 1994 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.

Rodriguez and his two assistants appear not to have seen - or realised the severity - of Suarez apparently biting Chiellini late in this morning's match.

Had they done so, or thought so, Suarez would surely have been shown a red card for ''serious foul play.''  

The code allows for suspensions to be applied by time or number of international matches.

''Unless otherwise specified, it may not exceed twenty-four matches or twenty-four months,'' Article 19 of the Fifa code states.

The use of video evidence is an intriguing aspect of this case. Television and still images have clearly shown Chiellini pulling aside his blue shirt to reveal marks on his left shoulder.

Proof, which can be presented to a Fifa disciplinary hearing, includes ''audio or video recordings.''

If the referee's report to Fifa does not fully deal with an incident, the code appears to allow challenges.

Fifa would find it hard to resist overwhelming evidence provided by the 34 cameras trained on each World Cup match as part of its high-tech broadcasting operation.

AP