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SPORTS

Luis Suarez bite: Read Fifa's full statement

SPORTS By Mirror | June 25th 2014

Brazil: Football's international governing body has invited Suarez and the Uruguayan FA to provide any documentary in the player's defence by 5pm today.

Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Luis Suarez after the striker bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.

In a statement on its website, football's international governing body invited Suarez and the Uruguayan FA to provide any evidence in the player's defence by the end of today.

It said Fifa's Disciplinary Committee has the power to sanction serious infringements which have escaped the match officials’ attention.

Suarez horrified football fans around the world after appearing to sink his teeth into Chiellini's shoulder during Tuesday night's Group D clash between Uruguay and Italy.

Read Fifa's full statement below:

"FIFA can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the player Luis Suarez of Uruguay following an apparent breach of art. 48 and/or art. 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match Italy-Uruguay played on 24 June 2014.

"The player and/or the Uruguayan FA are invited to provide with their position and any documentary evidence they deem relevant until 25 June 2014, 5pm, Brasilia time.

"According to art. 77 lit. a of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC), the FIFA Disciplinary Committee is responsible for sanctioning serious infringements which have escaped the match officials’ attention.

"Furthermore, according to art. 96 of the FDC, any type of proof may be produced (par. 1), in particular are admissible, reports from referees, declarations from the parties and witnesses, material evidence.

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