FIFA is launching an investigation into Luis Suarez’s apparent biting incident on Tuesday.
TV replays from Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy to close out the group stage appeared to show Suarez biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder during a tie-up between the two near the Italian goal.
However, Suarez was not disciplined during the match and officials made no mention of the incident in their postgame report.
Chiellini, after the match, called Suarez a “sneak” and seemed to doubt the Liverpool striker would be disciplined by FIFA.
“I’d love to see if [FIFA has] the courage to use video evidence against him.”
The incident came moments before Uruguay scored the match’s only goal, which propelled them into the round of 16 and bounced 2006 champion Italy from the tournament.
In a statement on FIFA.com, FIFA confirmed that “disciplinary proceedings” have been opened against Suarez.
“The player and/or the Uruguayan FA are invited to provide with their position and any documentary evidence they deem relevant until 25 June 2014, 5pm, Brasilia time.”
The statement labeled Suarez’s conduct as “an apparent breach of article 48 and/or article 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.”
This is not the first time Suarez has been accused of biting an opposing player. He was banned by the Dutch FA for seven matches in 2010, followed by a 10-match ban from the English FA in 2013 for biting Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea.
He also received an eight-match ban for racially abusing a Manchester United player in 2011.
By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin