FIFA HAS OPENED disciplinary proceedings against Luis Suarez after an alleged biting incident in Uruguay’s final group game at World Cup 2014.
The world football body said there was “an apparent breach” of its disciplinary code during the game against Italy on 24 June.
Suarez and the Uruguayan FA have until 5pm today (Brazil time; 9pm Irish time) to provide their side of the story. They are also allowed to submit any documentary evidence they deem relevant.
The FIFA rulebook says that its Disciplinary Committee is responsible for “sanctioning serious infringements which have escaped the match officials’ attention”.
Last night, Suarez moved to downplay the incident, saying “these things happen” on a football field.
However, the storm continues this morning with many of Ireland’s newspapers splashing to Premier League star on their front pages, gripping his teeth in apparent pain while Italian Giorgio Chiellini shows off his dented skin.
He could face a lengthy ban if found guilty of biting. FIFA’s disciplinary code has the power to suspend a player for up to 24 matches – including club and international games - or 24 months.
The longest ban handed down at the World Cup was in 1994 when Mauro Tassotti broke Luis Enrique’s nose with an elbow. He received an eight-match ban.
Suarez has missed 17 career games as a result of two previous biting incidents. In April 2013, he received a 10 game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and, while playing at Ajax in 2010, he was handed down a seven-game ban.