Rio de Janeiro (dpa /MunichNOW Sports) – FIFA does not want to speculate on possible sanctions against Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for allegedly biting an opponent in the World Cup game with Italy, saying the issue is in the hands of the ruling body’s disciplinary committee.
“We cannot anticipate what could or could not happen. We will communicate as soon as we have an update. For now we have nothing more to say,” FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said.
“We are in the early stages, the player has a right to be heard. It is in the hand of the disciplinary commission. It is an independent commission, it is up to them to apply the disciplinary code.”
FIFA said early Wednesday that the disciplinary committee has started a probe into the incident in which Suarez appeared to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the left shoulder during the game Uruguay won 1-0 to reach the last 16. Suarez and Uruguay have been given a 5pm (2000) deadline to provide their evidence.