FIFA has announced that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez, in the alleged biting incident that took place in Uruguay’s match with Italy on Tuesday afternoon.
The FIFA statement cited article 48 and/or article 57 of the organization’s bylaws. Suarez and the Uruguayan FA will have the chance to defend the star striker, and to provide any documentary evidence they can to make their case by 25 June 2014, 5pm, Brasilia time. A verdict must be handed down before Uruguay play its quarterfinal match Saturday against Colombia at the Maracana.
The statement continues, “according to article 77 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC), the FIFA Disciplinary Committee is responsible for sanctioning serious infringements which have escaped the match officials’ attention.”
If the investigation finds that Suarez did indeed bite Giorgio Chiellini, the two time biter can be hit with a ban of up to two years, or 24 matches. The longest World Cup ban to date came in 1994 when Italy’s Mauro Tassotti was sat down for eight games for breaking the nose of Spain’s Luis Enrique with a deliberate elbow.
Here is what an unrepentant Suarez had to say after yesterday’s match. “These are things that happen on the pitch, we were both in the area, he thrust his shoulder into me.” “These things happen on the pitch, and we don’t have to give them so much importance.”
To which one might be tempted to answer, ‘these things only seem to happen when you are playing, Luis.’ Uruguay would surely miss its top player, we saw how badly when Uruguay lost its opening match 3-1 to Costa Rica.
With his record of ill-discipline the Liverpool star would seem certain to miss the rest of the World Cup, at least. Then again, FIFA may yet be persuaded by Suarez’s defense of his actions, a defense which would appear to be along the lines of, “who are you going to believe me, or your lying eyes.”