The Luis Suarez biting affair: appeal process and wider legal implications

By Tom Dane

On Tuesday 24 June 2014, during Uruguay’s last group match against Italy, Luis Suarez was involved in an incident with Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, which led to immediate allegations that Suarez had bitten Chiellini on his shoulder.

Incidents of biting on the pitch by Suarez are not new. He was found guilty of biting an opponent while playing for Ajax in the Dutch league in 2010 and also more recently of biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic while playing for Liverpool in 2013.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee promptly charged Suarez with misconduct and Suarez had a limited window to respond in writing to the charges. The need to move quickly was to ensure the panel reached a decision before Uruguay’s next World Cup match so that any suspension took effect in the current competition…

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