26 Jun 2014

FIFA still deliberating over Suarez punishment

5:16 pm on 26 June 2014

Football's governing body FIFA has not yet decided whether to expel the Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from the World Cup for biting an opponent with deliberations set to continue tomorrow.

The incident in Uruguay's 1-0 victory over Italy yesterday has brought the ugly side of the game to the fore, marring a tournament that has been widely praised for its attacking football and major upsets.

Suarez's lawyer, Alejandro Balbi, flew to Rio de Janeiro with Uruguay FA chief Wilmar Valdez to lay out the player's defence.

However the consensus among those who have seen replays of the incident is that the forward's future at the tournament is in serious jeopardy.

The disciplinary committee must rule on whether or not Suarez is guilty. Uruguay has up to four more games to play in Brazil, and any ban would probably rule the player out of the finals.