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Luis Suarez could become just as awkward for football’s international organizers to handle as he has been for rival teams at the World Cup. The Uruguay forward’s alleged bite into the left shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in a crucial group-stage game has hit a raw nerve at a tournament which has been characterized by a high quality of football and entertainment. The consequences of Suarez’s bite – just before Uruguay scored the clinching goal to knock out the four-time champion Italians – will now test FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s often-stated commitment to “fair play, discipline, respect.” In the early hours of Wednesday, FIFA announced it had opened a disciplinary case against the player.

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