A controversial incident erupted during a World Cup match on Tuesday when Uruguay’s striker Luis Suarez appears to bite Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini in their Group D match-up. In the 79th minute of the second half, the alleged bite incident occurred when Suarez was seen thrusting his head towards Chiellini’s shoulder before tumbling towards the ground apparently feigning an injury. Though there were visible marks when Chiellini pulled down his shirt while protesting to the referee, but the referee resumed play and no penalty was given. Moments later, Uruguay defender Diego Godin scored in the final minutes to secure their 1-0 victory over Italy eliminating them out the World Cup.
So far, Suarez has been accused of biting a player for the third time in his career after this incident with Chiellini. Suarez was previously suspended for 10 games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic during a premier match in April 2013.
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association or FIFA, soccer’s governing body, has officially charged Suarez with biting Italy defender Chiellini in the teams’ World Cup qualifying game. The 27-year-old Suarez will now wait until FIFA finalize their disciplinary proceedings against him. If Suarez is found guilty he will be suspended for at least two matches.
Nonetheless, the alleged biting incident by Suarez during Uruguay’s win over Italy will cast a dark cloud over the team. Suarez has let down himself, his family, and his fans.