FIFA has charged Luis Suarez for the biting incident in Tuesday's World Cup win over Uruguay.
It is the third such incident in Suarez's career, and if the panel finds Suarez guilty of the assault, he can be banned for between two matches and 24 months. Many are calling for FIFA to throw the book at Suarez.
The biting incident occured in the 80th minute, with Suarez appearing to bite Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder. The defender instantly showed the referee the bite marks on his shoulder -- an image that has since gone viral.
"These are things that happen on the pitch, we were both in the area, he thrust his shoulder into me," Suarez said in Spanish, according to multiple reports. "These things happen on the pitch, and we don't have to give them so much (importance)."
Uruguay would score on a corner kick one minute later to knock Italy out of the tournament and advance on to the knockout stage.
A decision is expected before Uruguay plays Colombia on Saturday in a round-of-16 game.
In yesterday's games...
* Costa Rica drew with England, 0-0, to take first place in a group that had three World Cup winning nations. Uruguay downed Italy, 1-0, to take the other spot in a game that was overshadowed by Suarez's bite.
* Greece stunned Ivory Coast with a 2-1 win to surprisingly advance from Group C along with group-winners Colombia, which downed Japan, 4-1, in the other group game. The defense-minded Greeks took a lead in the 42nd minute and fell back into their defensive shell. Wilfried Bony's goal in the 74th minute brought Ivory Coast level again and seem to have pushed the African nation into the next round, but a penalty was called when Georgios Samaras was tripped in extra time and he buried the penalty in the 93rd minute to send his nation to the knockout round.
In today's games...
12 p.m. - Group F - Nigeria vs. Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran
Both Nigeria and Iran remain alive in the group and look to advance along with Argentina in today's early games. Nigeria has drawn the tougher match-up and can advance with a draw or win, or an Iran draw or loss. If Nigeria loses and Iran beats Bosnia, however, it will come down to tiebreakers.
Keep an eye on: Iran's Ashkan Dejagah, who has played professionally in Germany and now plays for Fulham in England. Dejagah knows Iran needs goals and a win in this game, and as they have yet to score, you can expect Iran to push forward heavily in this game.
4 p.m. - Group E - Honduras vs. Switzerland and Ecuador vs. France
It's a wide-open race in this group, with France almost 100-percent guaranteed to advance, while Ecuador and Switzerland look to join Les Bleus in the knockout stage. Switzerland advances with a win and an Ecuador win or tie, or a tie and an Ecuador loss. Ecuador advances with a win and a Switzerland tie or loss, or a tie and a Switzerland loss. Ecuador also advances if both games end as draws. Should both teams win, it will come down to the tiebreakers.
Honduras, too, technically remains alive. It would need a substantial win and a France win by a hefty margin to make up the goal-differential and move forward from the group.
Keep an eye on: Ecuador's Enner Valencia has three goals so far in this World Cup, and the Pachuca striker will look to build on that against France.
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