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Sunday 21 January 2018

Second helpings: Luis Suarez tried to bite Giorgio Chiellini a year ago

The pair clashed during a match between Uruguay and Italy at the 2013 Confederations Cup
The pair clashed during a match between Uruguay and Italy at the 2013 Confederations Cup

Jack de Menzes

Luis Suarez was accused of biting an opponent for the third time after he clashed with Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, but pictures have emerged that appear to show Suarez trying to taking a chunk out of the same opponent a year earlier.

Uruguay and Italy met in the 2013 Confederation Cup – also held in Brazil as a precursor to this year’s World Cup – in a play-off for third place, which Italy would go on to win on penalties after the score was level at 2-2 after 120 minutes.

But it appears that during the game, Suarez was dangerously close to biting Chiellini on his right shoulder, the opposite on to which he is accused of biting on Tuesday night.

The Italian defender had kept Suarez out of reach of the ball before clearing it, but Suarez appeared to let his angry streak get the better of him as he attempted to bite Chiellini, who responded in an equally aggressive fashion as he did in Natal yesterday evening.

Suarez and Chiellini clash during the 2013 Confederations Cup, with the ball clearly out of the reach of either player Suarez can be seen trying to bite Chiellini's shoulder during the match  Chiellini confronts Suarez after his apparent 'bite' attempt

Neither Suarez nor Chielini were sanctioned by referee Marco Rodriguez, but he could yet be banned for the rest of the World Cup after Uruguay secured the 1-0 win they needed to reach the second round and knock Italy out of the 2014 World Cup.

Suarez will face a disciplinary case held by Fifa, in which he could be handed anything from a two-match ban to a 24-game suspension or a two-year ban, which is the maximum the governing body can slap on a player.

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