Minutes before Uruguay’s big victory over Italy in the final game of Group D’s World Cup group round, Uruguay’s star player clashed with Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini. The altercation ended with Chiellini lowering his shirt to accused Suarez of biting him.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He’s Accused of Biting Chiellini’s Left Shoulder
During a clash with the Italian defender at around 80 minutes into the game, Chiellini lashed out after Suarez appears to lean his head in and bite his shoulder. The two wind up on the ground, Chiellini clutching his shoulder, and Suarez clutching his teeth,
Watch the video of the encounter above.
2. Pictures of the Bite Marks Appeared on Twitter
You can clearly see what Suarez has done pic.twitter.com/iADT07Z9l9
— Epic Football (@TheEpicFootball) June 24, 2014
The picture above, circulated on social media, shows the alleged bite marks on the left shoulder of Chiellini. See for yourself, what does it look like to you?
3. He’s Bitten Players Before
On April 21, 2013, playing for Liverpool, Suarez chomped on the arm of Branislav Ivanovic in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea.
4. He Could Be Banned for Up to Two Years
People took to social media after the game to say that Uruguay’s star player should, or will, be banned for the bite heard around the world. The Associated Press reports that a penalty for a bite could be a ban for up to 2 years.
5. Uruguay Advances
After a narrow victory over Italy by 1-0, Uruguay advances to the round of 16. However, if FIFA officials take action against the alleged bite, they could be going into the next round without their star striker.