26 Jun 2014

Biter Suarez' World Cup could be over

6:37 am on 26 June 2014

Uruguay's serial biter Luis Suarez seems almost certain to miss the rest of the World Cup after FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against him surrounding his apparent biting of an Italian defender.

A furious Giorgio Chiellini said he had been bitten by Suarez during Uruguay's 1-0 Group D victory yesterday, and Reuters photos show what appeared to be bite marks on the Italian's shoulder.

FIFA have given Suarez and the Uruguayan soccer association until 8'oclock this morning to "provide their position and any documentary evidence they deem relevant".

FIFA's disciplinary code sets a maximum ban of 24 matches or two years, but the longest suspension FIFA has imposed for an offence at a World Cup was eight games for Italy's Mauro Tassotti for breaking Spain's Luis Enrique's nose in 1994 with an elbow.

Uruguay due to play Colombia in the first knockout round on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.