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Uruguay's Suarez Takes a Bite Out of Italy During World Cup Win

Image: Italy's Giorgio Chiellini claims he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez
Italy's Giorgio Chiellini claims he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group D preliminary round match between Italy and Uruguay at the Estadio Arena das Dunas in Natal, June 24. EMILIO LAVANDEIRA JR / EPA

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez could once again be in trouble after appearing to bite an Italian opponent Tuesday in a key World Cup qualifying game.

Television replays showed Suarez apparently biting the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini as the pair clashed in the Italian penalty area. It happened about a minute before Uruguay's Diego Godín scored in the 81st, lifting Uruguay past Italy, 1-0.

Suarez was already sanctioned with a heavy ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in the English Premier League in 2013 and FIFA can sanction players for biting with bans of up to two years.

In the photo above, Suarez holds his teeth as Chiellini reacts moments after the collision.

Image: Italy's Giorgio Chiellini shows his shoulder, claiming he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez
Italy's Giorgio Chiellini shows his shoulder, claiming he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez. TONY GENTILE / Reuters

—Associated Press