Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini has challenged FIFA to show the courage to ban Luis Suarez for the rest of the World Cup after he became the third victim to receive a bite from the Uruguayan striker during a football match.
Chiellini paraded the bite marks on his shoulder for all to see after an altercation saw the two players tangle in the penalty area and footage believed to show Suarez attempting to bite the Italian defender.
Teeth marks were visible on Chiellini's left shoulder but despite the clash, no action was taken against Suarez during the course of the game and Uruguay progressed to the next round of the competition at Italy's expense after a 1-0 victory in Natal.
The uproar began immediately to Suarez's actions as it now seems it is the third time in the striker's career that he has bitten an opponent, FIFA promptly began an investigation into one of the most shocking events in World Cup history.
Suarez who has experienced lengthy bans earlier in his career for misdemeanours could be set for a record ban for an on field incident, FIFA's disciplinary code stipulates that a maximum of 24 matches can be dealt for an incident of extreme nature such as the one we are presented with.
After suffering defeat and bodily harm at the hands of Uruguay, Chiellini spoke to the media with specific detail paid to his thoughts on Suarez: "Suárez is a sneak and he gets away with it because Fifa want their stars to play in the World Cup, I would love to see if they have the courage to do anything against him. It was ridiculous not to send Suárez off. It is clear, clear-cut. And then there was the obvious dive afterwards because he knew very well that he did something that he shouldn’t have done.”
What became even more bizarre was the apparent lack of remorse from the Liverpool striker and the nature in which he brushed aside the incident.
When asked about the alleged 'bite', Suarez responded: "These situations happen on the field. I had contact with his shoulder, nothing more, things like that happen all the time. I don't know anything, if Fifa analyse each case separately it's going to be complicated."
As pundits and fans alike continue to speculate the punishment Suarez may receive, a FIFA spokesman said: "We are awaiting the official match reports and will gather all the necessary elements in order to evaluate the matter.”
Not everyone was a shocked as they may have been, some even tried to find the lighter side of the situation. Evander Holyfield who knows a thing or two about an opponent clamping his teeth down on you took to twitter to make a joke of the strange events:
Holyfield tweeted: "I guess any part of the body is up for eating."
The backlash of the Suarez incident will continue to rage on and the next step is FIFA's actions towards the alleged 'bite', many will be waiting to see 'courage' shown by FIFA, especially by Giorgio Chiellini.