Fifa charges Luis Suarez over biting claim

18:54, 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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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 star Luis Suarez could be facing a lengthy ban after he was charged by Fifa for allegedly biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

FIFA said that its disciplinary committee has opened proceedings against Suarez.

If the Liverpool striker - already banned twice before for biting - is found guilty of assaulting an opponent, FIFA rules call for a ban of at least two matches up to a maximum of 24 months.

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FIFA asked the team to present evidence by Thursday morning (NZT) and a decision must be published before Sunday, when Uruguay play Colombia in a round-of-16 match.

Uruguay captain Diego Godin headed home an 81st-minute goal to secure a 1-0 in a gritty Group D battle in Natal that ensured his team progressed, while Italy was eliminated in the first round for the second straight World Cup.

But the match was overshadowed by the Suarez incident just moments before Godin's winner. Television replays showed Suarez appearing to attempt to sink his teeth into Chiellini's shoulder in an off-the-ball incident.

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Match referee Marco Rodriguez of Mexico appeared not to see the incident and took no action. Chiellini angrily remonstrated with Rodriguez, pulling his shirt off his shoulder to show red marks.

Afterwards a disgusted Chiellini told Italian television: ''He bit me, it's clear, I still have the mark.

''The referee should have blown his whistle and given him a red card,'' he added.

Suarez sought to play down the incident to Uruguayan television, claiming Chiellini had barged him.

''There are things that happen on the pitch and you should not make such a big deal out of them,'' Suarez said.

Uruguay's veteran manager Oscar Tabarez pleaded ignorance of the incident.

''I didn't see it. I'd like to see the images first,'' he told the post-match press conference.

Tabarez also suggested Suarez was being victimised by journalists.

''He is the preferred target for a lot of media,'' Tabarez said. Pressed on the issue, a visibly irritated Tabarez refused to condemn Suarez.

''This is a football World Cup, it's not about cheap morality.''

But despite Suarez's comments, video evidence of the incident appears damning.

If found guilty by FIFA disciplinary chiefs, the incident would almost certainly mean the end of the tournament for Suarez, who was lambasted during the 2010 World Cup for his deliberate goal-line handball that denied Ghana a famous quarter-final victory.

In November 2010, he was banned for seven matches by the Dutch FA after biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal on the shoulder when he played for Ajax.

Suarez was dubbed ''the Cannibal of Ajax'' by Dutch media.

In April 2013, he was given a 10-match ban by the English FA after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield.

He was also banned for eight matches in 2011 for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

AP