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FIFA officially charges Luis Suarez for biting Giorgio Chiellini

Jun 25, 2014, 7:55 AM EDT

The next step in the Luis Suarez bite saga has come, as the Uruguayan striker has been charged by FIFA for his attack on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Suarez, 27, buried his face in Chiellini’s shoulder, appeared to latch onto Suarez with his teeth during Tuesday’s Group D finale between the two nations, and the defender pulled down the neck of his shirt to reveal what appeared to be bite marks.

Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez did not see the incident and no discipline was issued. Diego Godin scored the decisive goal against 1o-man Italy minutes later.

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FIFA announced that it is opening disciplinary proceedings against Suarez, who had twice previously been suspended for biting an opponent during a career dotted by controversy (Suarez also was charged for a racism scandal).

From the Associated Press:

If the panel finds Suarez guilty of assaulting an opponent, FIFA rules call for a ban of at least two matches up to a maximum of 24 months.

FIFA asked the team to present evidence, which can include video recordings, by 5 p.m. local time (2000 GMT) Wednesday.

A decision must be published before Saturday, when Uruguay plays Colombia in a round-of-16 match at Maracana stadium.

Chiellini was furious during and after the game, as Rodriguez either did not buy his claims or had no further evidence to discipline Suarez.

  1. chiadam - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    He’s a filthy pig. Ban him for the 24 months, and lean on Liverpool to match the ban for EPL play.

  2. evanpenn - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Three strikes and you’re out. Lifetime ban.

  3. southbeachtalent - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    This dude is brash.

  4. mvp43 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Mike Tyson has no problem with this guy.

  5. Brian Howe Battle - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    How quickly was this article written? Does anyone ever go back and proofread, or is it just one giant shrug?

  6. therealtrenches - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Are they looking investigating the horribly uneven reffing in this match?

    Marchisio’s red card was a foul, but it was garden variety, hardly red-card worthy.

    Comparitively, Suarez and Uruguay faced no retribution whatsoever.

    There were also questionable non-calls that aided Uruguay late, when Uruguay was trying to slow the game down.

    If the team on the losing end of this game wore any other color, it seems that the refs would be investigated, too. But the Italians traditionally get no sympathy.

    You can say what you want about the dishonor of playing for a draw, but Italy got hosed.

    • Nicholas Mendola - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Italy getting hosed, which I agree with, has very little to do with the future discipline of Suarez. I feel your frustration, though.

      • therealtrenches - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM


        You’re right that the two topics have little to do with one another.

        I’d put the comment in an article about the uneven officiating…if there was one. So…apologies for a comment on a comment whose relationship to the topic at hand is tenuous, but part of the frustration, you see, comes from the silence on it.

    • tridecagon - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      Yeah, I’m in no way an Italy fan, but the way the second half was officiated was a complete joke.

  7. some1kj - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    The behavior of many players, specially the so-called star players in this World Cup in nothing short of disgusting. When you have stop-go type of play for ninety minutes due to players going to ground and pretending to have been shot and roll around in agony only to get up and run around like nothing has happened is disgraceful and is ruining this game. As for Suarez, he is the classic example of such behavior, add to that his biting skills, and you have deranged player on the field. Despite his undeniable footballing skills, he has no place in football, don’t want him and don’t need his type in the BPL nor in World football. Liverpool, get rid of him.

  8. dkalev - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Nah man they just shrug it off… After all, they have to make sure the football, basketball and hardball pages are perfect

  9. sabatimus - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    No way is this even close to what the ban should be. Even if FIFA can’t legally do anymore; I mean, when has FIFA ever cared about being legal?

  10. some1kj - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    To Brendan Rodgers & Liverpool, get over your selfish desire to protect Suarez and keep him in your fold. By his actions, he has demonstrated that he does belong to the civilized world of football, certainly not in the BPL, regardless of his undeniable footballing skills. Wenger & Arsenal should consider themselves lucky not to have acquired this player. He needs to be taken out of football (all international, domestic, friendly & competitive games) for the maximum 2 years and be forced to undergo therapy and counseling.

    • alberto859 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      ‘If we were to judge all players as you say, hardly any would play with suarez theme is because it insists on, South Americans resent that succeed and displace Europeans. Dirty few Europeans there? pepe, evra, etc etc

  11. some1kj - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Sorry, meant to say DOES NOT BELONG to……

  12. brookwell2013 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Man, as a complete rookie soccer fan, I am amazed at how the sport is run, these FIFA guys are a joke……it seems the thing that really runs this entire dealio is cash cash cash

  13. massconn72 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    My first thought is that he should be banned for as long as the rules allow. Having said that, I have to put in my two cents worth about the state of todays’ football. I played soccer in high school on a state championship team from Ct. I love the game but not what it has become. I tried to watch the a game the other day and I was disgusted with the players. Do they all go to acting school, or are they just the biggest bunch of pussies in sport. I think it’s the latter of the two. If just brush up against them, they act like they just got shot with a 30-30. The was a Boston Bruin last season that had his leg broken during his shift. Instead of leaving the ice, he finished his shift a best he could. That is an athlete. Not these so called footballers. They are a joke and an embarrassment to all sports.

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