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FIFA charged Uruguay star Luis Suarez for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in Tuesday's World Cup qualifying match and a punishment will likely be handed down by Thursday.
The Associated Press reports that the Uruguay forward allegedly bit into the left shoulder of the Italy defender during an important group-stage match. In the past, Suarez was also banned several games for biting two other soccer players in non-World Cup matches.
FIFA announced a disciplinary case against Suarez. Martin Hong, a member of the FIFA disciplinary panel said, "We have to resolve this either today or tomorrow."
According to ABC News, FIFA announced that the disciplinary committee is gathering information to take a look into the matter. This includes interviewing witnesses, referees, examining audio and video recordings, and finally talking with Suarez himself, if he decides to speak up.
Suarez was not punished during the match by referees even though Chiellini did his best to show off the easily visible bite mark on his shoulder.
After the game, Suarez refused to comment or respond to any questions. He decided to walk past the journalists, smiled and gave them a thumbs up.
According to the FIFA rules, Suarez could face a ban of at least two matches, and a maximum ban of up to two years.
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