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World Cup: Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez must wait on verdict of hearing over biting storm


Luis Suarez must wait to learn if he is guilty of biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup game.

Video evidence seems to strongly suggest that he bit the Italian defender during Uruguay's 1-0 win over the Azzuri, which sent them through and the Italians out of the tournament, although Uruguayan officials have claimed the evidence is 'inconclusive'.

The Uruguayans have also claimed Suarez has been the victim of a smear campaign by the Italians and the English press, where Suarez plays his club football for Liverpool.

If found guilty it will be the third time he has been charged for biting another player. The Liverpool striker was banned for 10 games for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League match in 2013 and was also suspended for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal in 2010.

He also served a ban for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a match.

An independent disciplinary panel looking into Tuesday's incident failed to reach a verdict on Wednesday. World governing body Fifa says the Uruguay striker's previous record for biting may be taken into account.

Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez took no action, but Fifa subsequently charged Suarez with misconduct.

The independent panel, chaired by Swiss lawyer Claudio Sulser, has a range of sanctions available - up to a 24-match ban or two-year suspension from all football.

It has also been mooted that any sanctions could extend to domestic matches, which would be an unprecedented move for FIFA, who have never before encroached on the domestic game to sanction a ban.

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