Luis Suarez, Giorgio Chiellini
Luis Suárez and Giorgio Chiellini react after the Uruguay forward's apparent bite. Reuters

One of soccer’s most controversial figures blighted his resume on the biggest stage of all, with an apparent bite on Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s crucial World Cup game with Italy. With the scores tied in a game that Uruguay need to win in order to progress to the last 16, Suárez clearly stuck his head into that of the Italy defender and then looked to have briefly sunk his teeth into his shoulder. Certainly that’s what Chiellini desperately tried to indicate to the match referee as he appealed for Suarez to be shown a red card.

Uruguay went on to score the game’s vital only goal shortly after, with just nine minutes remaining, to keep themselves alive in the competition and secure a place in the round of 16. But whether Suárez will now feature in that match, or indeed at any point in this World Cup, now looks in serious doubt.

If proved by video evidence, Suárez could face a lengthy ban for the bite -- not for the first time in his career. While playing for Liverpool against Chelsea in April 2013, Suárez clearly bit defender Branislav Ivanovic and earned a 10-match ban. It was a similar scenario when playing for Ajax in the Netherlands in November 2010.