Luis Suarez shocked the World Cup with a new biting storm on Tuesday as Uruguay sensationally dumped ten-man Italy out of the tournament with a dramatic 1-0 victory.
Uruguay captain Diego Godin hit an 81st-minute winner in the gritty Group D battle that saw Italy knocked out in the first round for the second straight World Cup.
But Italy’s stunning exit was overshadowed by an incredible incident involving Suarez -- already banned twice before for biting opponents -- just moments before Godin’s winner.
APItaly's Giorgio Chiellini displays his shoulder showing apparent teeth marks
Chiellini angrily remonstrated with Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez, pulling his shirt off his shoulder to show red marks on his neck.
Afterwards a disgusted Chiellini told Italian television, “He bit me, it’s clear, I still have the mark.”
“The referee should have blown his whistle and given him a red card, also because he was simulating,” added the Juventus player.
Suarez sought to play down the incident in comments to Uruguayan television, claiming Chiellini had barged him.
“There are things that happen on the pitch and you should not make such a big deal out of them,” Suarez said.
AFPUruguay's coach Oscar Tabarez declared that he hadn't seen the incident
Uruguay’s veteran manager Oscar Tabarez pleaded ignorance of the incident.
“I didn’t see it. I’d like to see the images first,” he told a press conference.
Tabarez also suggested Suarez was being victimised by journalists.
“He is the preferred target for a lot of media,” Tabarez said.
Pressed on the issue, a visibly irritated Tabarez refused to condemn Suarez. “This is a football World Cup, it’s not about cheap morality.”
FIFA said it would study the referee’s report and the match video.
“We are awaiting the official match reports and will gather all the necessary elements in order to evaluate the matter,” FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said.
We are awaiting the official match reports and will gather all the necessary elements in order to evaluate the matter
In November 2010 he was banned for seven matches by the Netherlands FA after biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal on the shoulder when he played for Ajax.
In April 2013, he was given a 10-match ban by the English FA after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in a match at Anfield.
He was also banned for eight matches in 2011 for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.
Italy, who had Claudio Marchisio sent off in the second half join a growing number of European sides on the World Cup scrapheap after the exit of Spain, England, Croatia and Bosnia.
AFPSamaras might as well be the new Greek god
In Group D’s other game in Belo Horizonte, Costa Rica ensured England’s miserable World Cup ended with a whimper in a 0-0 draw.
The result meant Costa Rica win the group, unbeaten after three games, with Uruguay finishing as runners-up.
Costa Rica will play Group C runners-up Greece on Saturday after they scored a last-gasp 2-1 win over Ivory Coast to scrape into the last 16.
An injury time penalty from Georgios Samaras clinched victory for the Greeks and left Ivory Coast players shattered.
The Africans had recovered from falling behind to an Andreas Samaris goal to level through Wilfried Bony on 74 minutes.
AFPColombia's Jackson Martinez scored twice and was declared Man of the Match
Juan Cuadrado, James Martinez and Jackson Martinez (2) scored for Colombia with Shinji Okazaki the lone scorer for Japan.
The match also saw Colombia substitute goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon make history, becoming the oldest ever player at a World Cup at the age of 43 years and three days.
Mondragon’s appearance surpassed Cameroon legend Roger Milla, who played at the World Cup aged 42 years and 39 days.
Keywords: Uruguay, Italy, England, Costa Rica, Greece, Ivory Coast, Colombia, Japan, Luis Suarez, Diego Godin, Giorgio Chiellini, Oscar Tabarez, Georgios Samaras, Jackson Martinez, Faryd Mondragon, Roger Milla