Uruguay could be without their most influential player for the rest of the World Cup after Luis Suarez was accused of biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.
Suarez clashed with the Italian as the two competed for a free-kick, when Suarez clearly threw his head in the direction of Chiellini. The centre-back fell to the floor in agony, immediately followed by the Liverpool striker who was attempting to play the victim of the clash.
However, an incensed Chiellini got up and confronted the forward, before pulling down his shirt in an attempt to show the referee what he believed to be teeth marks on his shoulder.
While Chiellini rampaged around the pitch in anger, Suarez was seen clearly holding his teeth in pain. Neither player was booked for the incident with play eventually continuing, and Diego Godin struck soon after to give Uruguay a crucial 1-0 win that sees them progress to the last-16 at Italy’s expense.
Suarez does of course have previous when it comes to biting, having been banned twice before for similar acts. During his time with Ajax, Suarez was given a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal. He was then handed a 10-match ban in 2013 for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, in which he was allowed to stay on the pitch and score the equalising goal soon after.
The match has already seen a controversial sending-off after midfielder Claudio Marchisio was given a straight red card for what appeared to be an innocuous looking challenge on Arevalo Rios as he attempted to shield the ball. However, a second glance showed that the goalscorer against England clearly landed his right foot flush into the leg of Rios, and referee Marco Rodriguez has a point-blank view of the collision, electing to immediately send the 28-year-old for an early bath.
Fifa can take retrospective action against Suarez as the referee did not see a reason to caution the striker, which could rule him out of the second round and beyond should he be found guilty.