Uruguay's Luis Suarez uses his cell phone at a hotel in Natal, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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As the world was judging Uruguay's Luis Suarez for biting a player in the World Cup, his teammates, coaches and fans in his soccer-crazy country defended the star, blaming the foreign media, his Italian opponents and uneven treatment.The bite -- just before Uruguay scored the clinching goal to eliminate the four-time champion Italians -will now test FIFA president Sepp Blatter's often-stated commitment to "fair play, discipline, respect".Valdez said Uruguay officials were sent a video of the incident by FIFA, and would respond with footage showing Suarez -- a striker for Liverpool and last season's player of the year in England's Premier League -- as a victim of Italian aggression.Sulser can choose to judge the offense within the scale of typical red-card incidents: A three-match ban may then be appropriate, banishing Suarez at least until the World Cup final should Uruguay advance that far.FIFA can also choose to ban Suarez for up to two years.Suarez was criticized by a Uruguay football great Alcides Ghiggia, the last survivor of the team which defeated Brazil to win the 1950 World Cup.
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