FIFA to investigate Luis Suarez alleged biting incident

The international governing body of football FIFA has announced it will investigate the Luis Suarez alleged biting incident with Liverpool's Uruguay striker likely to face a lengthy ban if found guilty.

Suarez appeared to have bitten Italy's Giorgio Chiellini towards the end of Uruguay's 1-0 win, who had apparent marks on his shoulder

Suarez appeared to have bitten Italy's Giorgio Chiellini. Credit: Reutrers/Yves Herman

A FIFA spokesperson told Press Association Sport: "We are awaiting the official match reports and will gather all the necessary elements in order to evaluate the matter."

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.

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