- Italy 0-1 Uruguay, World Cup Group D
Chiellini hits out at Suarez: He knew he did it
Giorgio Chiellini believes Luis Suarez administered a "clear-cut" bite on him and should have been sent off during Italy's World Cup defeat to Uruguay.
Suarez is at the centre of what would be his third biting row after he clashed with Chiellini and could now face a ban from FIFA at international level should they choose to act on television evidence.
FIFA vice-president calls for investigation
- FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce believes Luis Suarez has let himself down again and has called for football's governing body to investigate the incident with Giorgio Chiellini.
- Boyce said: "I have watched the incident several times on television. There is no doubt Luis Suarez is a fantastic footballer but once again his actions have left him open to severe criticism.
- "There is no doubt that FIFA must investigate this incident very seriously and take whatever action is deemed necessary."
"It was ridiculous not to send Suarez off," Chiellini told Rai TV. "It is clear, 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."
The defender later told Sky Sports Italia: "Suarez is a sneak and he gets away with it because FIFA wants their stars to play in the World Cup. I'd love to see if they have the courage to use video evidence against him. The referee saw the bite mark too, but did nothing about it."
The incident occurred in the 81st minute of the match and left Chiellini visibly fuming at the officials to reprimand the Liverpool striker. He protested by revealing his bare shoulder in order to show referee Marco Rodgriguez bite marks from the clash, but no action was taken.
Suarez has twice been banned for biting an opponent; in 2010, while at Ajax, he was suspended for seven games after he bit Otman Bakkal and was then banned for 10 games and fined by Liverpool after he sunk his teeth into Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic's shoulder in April last year.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez indicated that the team would stand by their striker and said the media's focus on Suarez is overblown.
"I did not see the incident," Tabarez said. "I will not make any more comments about it. Luckily, we've played many matches without Suarez for qualifiers and, for us, he is a very important player and important person within the group. We will see how to defend him. This is a football World Cup, not about cheap morality.
"Besides the mistakes he might have made, he is the target of the media that give him much more coverage to the alleged things he's done.
It seems to me that there is animosity against him and if we see errors, we are the first ones who see that with a positive spirit and for this player not to make these mistakes again. I'm under the impression that there are always people waiting behind the tree and waiting for something to happen."
Uruguay captain Diego Lugano took a similar stance and insisted nothing had happened in the match with Italy. Lugano also aimed heavy criticism at Chiellini for his reaction.
"You saw this, really? You need to show me because I didn't see anything. Did you see it today or did you see what happened in other years. You couldn't have seen it today because nothing happened," Lugano said.
"The worst of everything is the attitude of Chiellini. He's a great player, with an enormous status. It doesn't correspond with Italian football. As sportsmen leaving the field, crying and appealing against a rival. As a man he disappointed me totally."
Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, who had part of his ear bitten off by Mike Tyson during their Las Vegas world title fight in 1997, could not help but comment on social networking site Twitter.
I guess any part of the body is up for eating.— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) June 24, 2014
Diego Godin's header settled the tie and sent Uruguay through to the knockout stages at the expense of Cesare Prandelli's side.