Luis Suarez “must face a severe sanction” if he is found to have bitten an Italian player during a World Cup match, a senior Fifa official has told Sky News.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior official from international football’s governing body said the Liverpool star “must face a severe sanction. If we allow this where will it stop?”
Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Luis Suarez after he was accused of biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.
The striker and the Uruguayan FA have until 9pm UK time to “provide their position and any documentary evidence they deem relevant”.
Uruguay trained in Natal on Wednesday morning, but Suarez and his teammates who played against Italy were given a day off to rest.
Suarez has already commented on the incident, declaring: “These things happen on the pitch.”
The striker clashed with Chiellini in the 79th minute of his country’s Group D match, a game they won 1-0 to advance to the last 16.
Television replays show Suarez moving his head towards Chiellini and apparently sinking his teeth into his shoulder, with Chiellini responding by swinging his arm.
Defending the alleged attack, Suarez said: “We were both just inside the area, he struck me in the chest with his shoulder and he hit me in the eye as well.
“These are things that happen on the pitch and you shouldn’t attach so much importance to them.
“I’m very happy to have qualified. We are taking each game as it comes, we know that we’re in a difficult situation, we’re at our limits now.”
Speaking to Rai TV after the game, Chiellini said: “It was ridiculous not to send Suarez off…. see more