Suarez facing new bite ban
Luis Suarez (AFP)
Natal - Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was at the centre of another biting storm on Tuesday after appearing to sink his teeth into the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the teams' decisive World Cup Group D game.The Uruguay forward, who has twice been banned from club soccer for biting, could face a harsh penalty if found guilty by FIFA.
are awaiting the official match reports and will gather all the
necessary elements in order to evaluate the matter," FIFA said in a
With Costa Rica qualifying top of Group D after a 0-0
draw with England in the other game in Belo Horizonte, four-time former
champions Italy are out and Uruguay progress.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli offered his resignation.
the end of the match I spoke to the president of the federation," he
told reporters. "I have told them I am going to resign from my position.
When there is failure, the person in charge must take responsibility."
looked to be heading for the battling draw they needed to go through
when referee Marco Rodriguez sent off midfielder Claudio Marchisio with a
harsh straight red card in the 59th minute for a challenge on Egidio
With 10 minutes to go, Suarez clashed with Chiellini
in Italy's penalty area, and the Italians were still complaining when
Uruguay captain Diego Godin scored a fortuitous 81st-minute winner that
flew in off his shoulder.
A furious Chiellini pulled down his
shirt to show a mark to the referee, and Reuters photographs from the
game show what appeared to be bite marks on his shoulder.
ridiculous not to send Suarez off," Chiellini told Rai TV. "It is
clear-cut and then there was the obvious dive afterwards, because he
knew very well that he did something that he shouldn't have done."
coach Oscar Tabarez said he did not see the incident, but feared that
Suarez, who missed Uruguay's 2010 World Cup semi-final after being sent
off for a handball on the line that denied Ghana what would have been a
matchwinning goal, was being unfairly singled out.
there is animosity against this football player," he told reporters. "He
just came out of a difficult moment and he has been penalized. There
are people hiding behind the tree waiting for something to happen."
Prandelli believed the game turned on the sending off.
ridiculous to be down to 10 men in a game like this," he said. "There
weren't any bad fouls or anything that merited a sending off. You can't
affect a game like that. The referee ruined the game."
Group D game was short on tension, and a goalless draw condemned
England, who were out before kickoff, to their worst World Cup showing
since 1958 while ensuring that Costa Rica qualified in first place.
Costa Rica face the runners-up of Group C - likely to be one of Ivory Coast, Japan or Greece - in the last 16.
the later games on Tuesday, Group C leaders Colombia, another Latin
American side challenging the region's traditional powers, have
qualified for the last 16 with six points but will look to clinch top
spot when they take on Japan, who have one point, in Cuiaba.
Japanese could still qualify with a win but Ivory Coast, currently
second on three points, are the favourites before they face Greece, who
have one point, in Fortaleza. The Group C winners will face Uruguay in
the last 16.
Off the pitch, there were royal Belgian blushes when
video footage appeared of Queen Mathilde congratulating Romelu Lukaku
for scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Russia on Sunday,
when the actual goalscorer was 19-year-old Divock Origi.
And in a
reminder of soccer's financial power, German sportswear firm Adidas said
it expected to sell more than eight million jerseys of the nine
national sides it is sponsoring at the World Cup, including over two
million of the Germany shirt.
That demand would help it stay ahead
of its rival Nike in terms of soccer sales, with a target of $2.72
billion in 2014 against Nike's estimated $2.0 billion.