FIFA Collecting Information Regarding Uruguay's Luis Suarez Following Bite

PHOTO: Uruguays forward Luis Suarez left, reacts past Italys defender Giorgio Chiellini during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014.
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FIFA said today that its disciplinary committee is still collecting information to "assess the matter" of Uruguayan soccer star Luis Suarez for apparently biting an Italian player on the shoulder.

FIFA, soccer's international governing body, said that it is allowing Suarez, 27, and the Uruguayan Football Association to provide their "position" and "any documentary evidence they deem relevant" until 6 p.m. ET today.

"We really cannot anticipate what could or could not happen," FIFA’s Head of Media Delia Fischer said at a news conference in Rio de Janeiro this morning. "As soon as we have an update we will communicate as we did yesterday."

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In the meantime, information is being collected from witnesses, referees, audio and video recordings and from Suarez himself should he make himself available, Fischer added.

Fischer also called the disciplinary committee "completely independent" and added that the committee will decide whether Suarez's past biting incidents will be considered in any potential action.

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PHOTO: Luis Suarez, left, appears to bite yet another opponent during Uruguay-Italy match, June 24, 2014.

Just before Uruguay defeated Italy 1-0 on Tuesday at the World Cup in the Brazilian city of Natal, Suarez appeared to bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the 80th minute in the penalty area.

If the panel finds the Uruguayan forward, who's nicknamed the "Cannibal," guilty of assaulting an opponent, FIFA rules call for a ban of at least two matches and up to a maximum of 24 months. Uruguay plays Colombia on Saturday in the round of 16.

"Let the disciplinary [committee] do their duty," Fischer said, calling the investigation "ongoing."

The match officials did not sanction Suarez for the incident despite Chiellini pulling down his jersey to try and show the referees the bite mark. Suarez said nothing but could be seen touching his front teeth while he was on the ground.

The incident was visible on television replays.

PHOTO: Giorgio Chiellini of Italy pulls down his shirt after a clash with Luis Suarez of Uruguay (not pictured) as Gaston Ramirez of Uruguay looks on during the match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.
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PHOTO: Giorgio Chiellini of Italy pulls down his shirt after a clash with Luis Suarez of Uruguay (not pictured) as Gaston Ramirez of Uruguay looks on during the match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.

"If it happened, the referee probably didn't see it," Uruguay coach Oscar Washington Tabarez told reporters at the post-game news conference.

Chiellini told Sky Italia after the game: "Suarez is a sneak and he gets away with it because FIFA want their stars to play in the World Cup. I'd love to see if they have the courage to use video evidence against him," according to ESPN.

Suarez did not respond to questions after the game, instead he walked past reporters with a smile and a thumbs up.

PHOTO: Italys defender Giorgio Chiellini shows an apparent bitemark by Uruguay forward Luis Suarez during soccer match between Italy and Uruguay in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014.
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PHOTO: Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini shows an apparent bitemark by Uruguay forward Luis Suarez during soccer match between Italy and Uruguay in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014.

In 2010, Suarez was suspended as an Ajax player for seven games for chomping on PSV Eindhoven player Otman Bakkal.

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