الأحد , مايو 16 2021

Suarez 'bite' hearing to continue

Luis Suarez must wait to learn if he is guilty of biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup game.

An independent disciplinary panel looking into Tuesday’s incident failed to reach a verdict on Wednesday.

We didn’t choose him to be a philosopher, or a mechanic, or to have good manners… he’s a great player

Uruguay president Jose Mujica

“They met for a long time but we don’t know if that is good or bad,” said Uruguayan Football Association president Wilmar Valdez.

World governing body Fifa says the Uruguay striker’s previous record for biting may be taken into account.

The Liverpool striker was

banned for 10 games

for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League match in 2013 and was also suspended for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal in 2010.

The 27-year-old clashed with Juventus defender Chiellini during Tuesday’s 2014 Fifa World Cup Group D game in Natal, which

Uruguay won

to qualify for the last 16.


World Cup 2014: Match of the Day pundits react to Luis Suarez 'bite'

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Match of the Day pundits react to the ‘bite’

Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez took no action, but Fifa subsequently charged Suarez with misconduct.

The independent panel, chaired by Swiss lawyer Claudio Sulser, has a range of sanctions available – up to a 24-match ban or two-year suspension from all football.

Suarez has received support from Uruguay captain Diego Lugano and the country’s president, Jose Mujica, while he waits for a verdict.

Both stated that the television pictures that will form the basis of the Fifa investigation are inconclusive.

Lugano told the BBC:

“What incident? The pictures don’t show anything. They show an approximation.”

Mujica, 79, a former guerrilla fighter and political prisoner, added that Fifa should not use television evidence to retrospectively punish players.

Chiellini

Chiellini pulled down his shirt to display what appear to be bite marks on his shoulder

“I didn’t see him bite anyone and, in football, I was taught that you obey what the referee says,” Mujica said.

“If we’re going to take decisions in football based on what TV says, then there are loads of penalties and handballs you’d have to give that weren’t given, so bad luck.”

Mujica said the striker should be judged solely on his football ability and questioned why he should be held up as a behavioural role model.

“We didn’t choose him to be a philosopher, or a mechanic, or to have good manners,” he said. “He’s a great player.”

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