Luis Suarez is facing an abrupt end to his World Cup after FIFA announced it will investigate the Liverpool striker for allegedly biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.
Suarez is likely to face a lengthy ban that would keep him out of the rest of the World Cup - however far his country Uruguay progress - if he is found guilty.
The 27-year-old left teeth-marks on Chiellini’s shoulder after clashing with him at the end of Uruguay’s 1-0 win against Italy in Natal - where FIFA president Sepp Blatter was in attendance - that saw the South Americans qualify for the last 16.
A FIFA spokesperson said: “We are awaiting the official match reports and will gather all the necessary elements in order to evaluate the matter.”
Suarez has twice been banned for biting opponents.
The incident cast a shadow over a hard-fought win for the South Americans.
Defender Godin rose highest to nudge home an 81st-minute corner to end the resistance of the Italians, who had played with 10 men since Claudio Marchisio’s sending-off on the hour.