Monday 23 October 2017

Luis Suarez could exploit loophole in disciplinary process to play for Uruguay against Colombia

If found guilty and punished for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, Luis Suarez could mount appeal to delay suspension and play in Uruguay's World Cup 2014 round of 16 game with Colombia

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez

Ben Rumsby

Uruguay could exploit a loophole in Fifa's disciplinary process to guarantee Luis Suarez can play against Colombia in the World Cup 2014 round of 16 at the Maracana on Saturday.

Suarez is waiting to hear if he will be punished for an apparent bite on the Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay's 1-0 group win on Tuesday. His legal team submitted his defence on Wednesday night.

Despite promising a decision on the case as a matter as a matter of "urgency", Fifa has been unable to guarantee any appeal launched by the 27-year-old would not allow him to play again at the tournament.

Fifa is expected to give a ruling on the matter on Thursday morning in Brazil, but should Suarez appeal immediately that appeal is unlikely to be heard until next week. In the meantime he would be free to carry on playing in the World Cup.

The disciplinary committee, six of whom are sitting in judgment of Suarez, has the discretion to take the striker's previous seven-game and 10-game suspensions for biting into account when issuing any sanction, which could include a ban of up to two years.

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