FIFA charges Uruguay's Suarez for biting incident

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FIFA has charged Luis Suarez for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the World Cup.

FIFA said early Wednesday that its disciplinary committee has opened proceedings against the Uruguay forward.

If the panel finds Suarez guilty of assaulting an opponent, FIFA rules call for a ban of at least two matches up to a maximum of 24 months.

FIFA asked the team to present evidence by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

A decision must be published before Saturday, when Uruguay plays Colombia in a round-of-16 match.

Uruguay advanced by beating Italy 1-0 on Tuesday in Natal. One minute before the decisive goal, Suarez clashed with Chiellini and was caught by television cameras biting his shoulder.

Match referee Marco Rodriguez of Mexico appeared not to see the incident and took no action.

Bite an instant hit on social media

Twitter users wasted no time jumping on the joke bandwagon after the bite.

The website Mashable gathered a collection of Suarez "memes" that followed the incident, many portraying the footballer as fictional cannibal Hannibal Lecter or as a fierce dog.

Even former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, also a victim of a famous sports biting, chimed in.

"I guess any part of the body is up for eating," Holyfield tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

While the bite may cost Suarez some playing time, it made one Norwegian bettor some pretty good cash. Soccer blog 101 Great Goals posted a screenshot of a bet the anonymous person made that Suarez would bite someone during this year's World Cup.

At odds of 175-1, the bite heard 'round the World Cup made one person about $2,700 richer.

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