[Updated at 2:00PM]
Reportedly, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez has been charged for biting Italy Defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match. FIFA opened disciplinary hearings over the incident and announced that the player will face a maximum two-year ban if he’s found guilty. The Uruguay team was asked to present evidence by 5 p.m. Wednesday and the decision will be made before Saturday.
What else could possibly gone wrong to FIFA World Cup 2014 after the previous world champion Spain got knocked out by Chile? Well, Suarez’s bite happened. In fact, legions football fans were watching it happen – live.
During the match between Uruguay and Italy, the Liverpool star Luis Suarez was blocked by Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini and apparently bit him on the shoulder. Although the bite marks were visible and the bite was very legit, the Suarez wasn’t sent off immediately. The move caused an uproar in Twitterverse. Twitter users have even started vampire/cannibal memes for Suarez’s bite obsession on the field.
Luis Suarez is obviously a vampire. pic.twitter.com/obu7Wlcw4K
— Professor Snape (@_Snape_) June 24, 2014
FIFA officials are currently investigating Suarez’ alleged biting and Jim Boyce (the organisation’s vice president) told a pool reporter that they will “take whatever disciplinary action is deemed necessary” after the investigation. However, the Italian defender is skeptical that officials will do anything about it and told Sky Sport Italia after the match:
“Suarez is a sneak and he gets away with it because FIFA want their stars to play in the World Cup. I’d love to see if they have the courage to use video evidence against him.”
This isn’t the first time a biting incident has happened! Suarez was previously suspended twice for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal in 2010 and Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea in 2013. After the match, the player and his team captain denied Suarez’s wrongdoing and told reporters:
“‘These situations happen on the field. I had contact with his shoulder, nothing more, things like that happen all the time. I don’t know anything, if FIFA analyse each case separately it’s going to be complicated.”
Well, we don’t know what is going to happen to Suarez but we do know that we definitely don’t want to mess with this Uruguay player unless we want to get bitten too! Perhaps this incident will be one of the many strange “rituals” that we can add to this list?