World Cup controversies: the bite of Chiellini in Uruguay-Italy in 2014 that promoted the “Suárez law” in soccer

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The Uruguayan striker bit the Italian defender during a group stage match and for Russia 2018 the punishment for this type of attack was specified in the regulations< /h2>

World Cup controversies: the bite of Chiellini in Uruguay-Italy in 2014 that prompted the “Suárez law” in the soccer

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Miguel Scime Luis Suárez bit Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup

Each final of an important competition such as a World Cup means the beginning of the work for the Referee Commission. The need to review in detail the relevant incidents to evaluate the steps to follow. There begins the analysis of the arbitration task, of the successes and errors, of how the rules were founded and of the factors that did not accompany fair play. After the 2014 World Cup, refereeing specialists had an extra challenge ahead: Luis Suárez's bite of Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay-Italy.

These analyzes projected changes for the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia, including the implementation of VAR that later spread to the different leagues on the planet. However, the Uruguayan Luis Suárez would also have put the “Video Assistant Referee” to the test.

In June of each year, FIFA and the IFAB deliver a book to the referees whose content is as sacred as the Bible. Judges must know and understand what the legislator wanted to say in its contents and the reason for the changes. And, from their reading and interpretation, begin to apply them in a whole. The PLAY FAIR (play fair) strategy –formerly called FAIR PLAY (fair play)– is aimed specifically at the protagonists, who are the ones who must take care of the spirit of the game. It aims to ensure that no offender is left without their sporting punishments, increase the effective time of the game and make it as fair, attractive and enjoyable.

Brazil 2014 left a fact that did not go unnoticed , which caused the rule to suffer additions in its content and that they were underlined with emphasis. In the preview of Russia 2018 a appearedviolent behavior that was not detailed in the scriptures and that months before last World Cup began to be considered a very serious event.

World Cup controversies: the bite of Chiellini in Uruguay-Italy in 2014 that prompted the “Suárez law” in football

Suárez's bite of Chiellini in the 2014 World Cup (Photo: AFP)

The 78th minute was played in the match between Italy and Uruguay, for the group stage of the 2014 World Cup, with Marco Rodríguez refereeing , Mexican known as an orthodox of the rules and demanding in terms of discipline. Two world champions were risking their future in the tournament. A skirmish broke out near the Italian goal area and the Italian Giorgio Chiellini and the Uruguayan Luis Suárez fell to the ground. Then the television showed us the famous “bite” that Suárez had applied to the Italian, without the ball being in dispute between them.

The forward was already He had a history of these demonstrations and repeated the same situation that Otman Bakkal (PSV of the Netherlands) suffered in 2010, and Branislav Ivanovich in 2013; Coincidentally, both attacks were never observed by the referees.

“After I did it I realized right away. We score the goal after Godín's minutes, I think, and I don't celebrate it as much as everyone did because I was already thinking about it afterwards. I go into the locker room and the first thing I do is talk to my wife. she asked me what she had done and obviously didn't want to accept reality at first. Denying, crying… Some feelings of happiness in the locker room, but everyone looking at the phones for what you could see. It was a painful moment for me and for the group”, Suárez himself expressed about the event in an interview with The Players Tribune.

FIFA and the IFAB did not leave all this as accidental facts, but that he undertook to add them to the rules and classify them as an extremely serious event, so that when the Disciplinary Court judges him assess the bite as such and should not look for what figure to classify it to the time to justify the sanction.

For this reason, the regulations published for the 2018/19 season added a detail in the paragraph of Rule 12 (Fouls and Incorrect Conduct) linked to “spitting or biting”. The current letter of laws indicates that this action will force a “direct free kick” to be given in case this fact is visualized and is also considered an “infraction punishable with expulsion” .

“Among the expellable offenses, These include: behaving in an aggressive or physically intimidating manner (eg spitting or biting) towards an opposing player, substitute or staff member, referee, spectator or any other person (eg ball boys, security or competition personnel, etc.)”, clarifies section 12 of the regulations.

World Cup controversies: the bite of Chiellini in Uruguay-Italy in 2014 that prompted the “Suárez law” in football

Giorgio Chiellini showing his shoulder after denouncing that he was bitten by Luis Suárez (Photo: Reuters)

There is also this issue in the VAR protocol: “If the game were to resume after being stopped , the referee will not be able to carry out a review except in cases of mistaken identity or in the event of a possible offense punishable with expulsion for violent conduct, spitting, biting or acting in an extremely offensive, insulting, or humiliating manner.”

< p class="paragraph">The term “biting” also appears to clarify that it is part of a “straight red card (no second yellow card or cautionary ation)”. The definition “Violent conduct, biting or spitting at another person” appears there between “avoiding an obvious chance of scoring”, “rough and serious play” or “offensive, insulting or humiliating action”.

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