Venezuelan president weighs in on Suarez bite row

Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro has said Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez had been unfairly punished for helping eliminate Italy and England. Suarez claimed that he did not deliberately bite Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.

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Suarez ban could hurt Liverpool as well as Uruguay

Brendan Rodgers will hope Suarez's expected ban does not extend to club football. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Fifa is hoping to quickly deal with disciplinary procedures against Luis Suarez, fully aware that Uruguay's next World Cup match comes on Saturday.

The deadline for Suarez to present his case passed this evening, and his lawyer has been with the organisation's bosses all day, providing the disciplinary committee with 17 pages of witness statements.

If there is an appeal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has the ability to convene an emergency meeting in Rio.

The implications if he is banned are, of course, very serious for Uruguay and for Suarez, but they could potentially hurt Liverpool too.

If he does get a ban, due to the seriousness of the case and his history of controversies it may just well extend beyond international football - though there is currently no precedent for that.

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