Rio de Janeiro: The FIFA disciplinary committee investigating Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for apparently biting an opponent during a World Cup match Tuesday has broad authority to consider any evidence, including Suarez's two past biting incidents, and determine any punishment. (Also read: Suarez's sponsorship deal under review)
The committee opened disciplinary hearings against Suarez late Tuesday, only hours after he appeared to bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the left shoulder late in their match. It is expected to issue a decision before Saturday, when Uruguay will play Colombia in a knockout round match. (Read: FIFA tight-lipped on possible Suarez sanctions)
Suarez and Uruguay's federation have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to present their position on the matter and any evidence. In the meantime, FIFA said, the committee is gathering match reports, witness statements and video of the incident.