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Uruguay's Luis Suarez appears to bite Italian player before clinching victory
Just before Uruguay defeated Italy 1-0 today at the World Cup, Uruguayan star player Luis Suarez appeared to bite an opponent on the shoulder.
After Suarez competed for the ball with Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the 80th minute near a corner and fell to the ground, Chiellini rose while pulling down his jersey, trying to show the referees what he believed to be a bite mark.
It is unclear if Suarez will be penalized for what appears to be the third bite in his professional career. After all, he's not nicknamed the "Cannibal" for nothing.
The match officials did not sanction Suarez for the incident despite Chiellini pulling down his jersey to try and show the referees the bite mark. Suarez said nothing but could be seen touching his front teeth while he was on the ground.
"I didn't see it," Uruguay coach Oscar Washington Tabarez told reporters at the post-game news conference.
Chiellini told Sky Italia after the game: "Suarez is a sneak and he gets away with it because FIFA want their stars to play in the World Cup. I'd love to see if they have the courage to use video evidence against him," according to ESPN.
In 2010, he was suspended as an Ajax player for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven player Otman Bakkal.
Last year, Suarez was suspended for 10 games as a Liverpool player for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Regardless, Italy was eliminated from the World Cup as a result of today's loss. It is the second straight World Cup that Italy is eliminated in the first round.
No word yet from FIFA on whether Suarez will face suspension or if the Italian federation will lodge a complaint.