Uruguay (National Football)

Luis Suarez Appears to Punch Chile Defender in Face (Video)

Michael CummingsFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 23, 2017

Luis Suarez is back in hot water.

The 26-year-old, who spent much of last season dealing with a racism controversy, could find himself in trouble again after a disappointing trip home to South America for international duty.

On Tuesday night, as Uruguay lost 2-0 in Chile, Suarez appeared to punch Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara in the face while the two jockeyed for position ahead of a corner.

The incident, which referee Nestor Pitana did not see, occurred in the first half. Jara and Suarez traded words and Suarez went unpunished.

Suarez drew a yellow card later in the match for arguing, and will miss Uruguay's next qualifying match against Venezuela.

"We are still collecting all the post-match reports, since the officials have got 24 hours to send them," FIFA said in a statement (via The Guardian). "Based on the mentioned reports, FIFA will proceed accordingly."

The loss dropped Uruguay to sixth place in CONMEBOL qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The top four teams qualify automatically for the competition, while the fifth-placed team enters the playoffs against a team from Asia.

In its report about the incident, ESPN FC cites two similar cases from international football that produced different disciplinary measures. At the 2010 World Cup, David Villa struck Honduras' Emilio Izaguirre in the face, but Villa escaped punishment in the game and afterward from FIFA.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, FIFA banned Colombia's Lady Andrade for two matches for punching U.S. forward Abby Wambach.

What do you think, readers? Should Suarez be punished? If so, how many matches should he miss?

 

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