Ex-Sheffield Wednesday and England midfielder Chris Waddle believes Luis Suarez should be “severely punished” after he appeared to bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during their sides’ World Cup match.
The incident occurred in the latter stages of Tuesday’s Group D encounter, which Uruguay won 1-0 to progress to the knockout stages.
Although the incident was missed by the match referee FIFA’s disciplinary committee has taken retrospective action.
Suarez could be facing a lengthy ban that would keep him out of the last-16 match against Colombia and beyond should Uruguay progress.
FIFA’s disciplinary code sets a maximum ban of 24 matches or two years, but the longest ban in World Cup history was eight games for Italy’s Mauro Tassotti for breaking Spain’s Luis Enrique’s nose in 1994 with an elbow. Zinedine Zidane was given a three-match ban for headbutting Marco Materazzi in the 2006 final.
Suarez has twice been banned for biting opponents - for 10 matches in 2013 for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and in 2010 he was given a seven-game ban while playing for Ajax for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal.
FIFA’s disciplinary code allows action to be taken retrospectively via video evidence even if the incident has been seen by the referee.
Waddle, who played for England at the 1990 World Cup, said: “Suarez has to get severely punished.
“Let’s see how strong Fifa are.
“There will be people who will defend him, but I don’t know why. I’d make him wear a gumshield.”
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