Italian consumer unions sue Suarez for World Cup debacle
MOSCOW, July 6 (RAPSI) – The association of Italian consumer rights unions, the Codacons, has filed a lawsuit against Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez for “assault,” Football Italia announced.
In late June, FIFA banned Suarez for four months and nine internationals for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the final group game at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which Uruguay won 1:0
Suarez has also been fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000) and been prohibited from attending any sports events or even training until the end of his disqualification period.
According to a source, neither Chiellini nor the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) is involved in this lawsuit. Football Italia writes that Italian law allows for a trial for events that occurred overseas if the victim is an Italian citizen.
The Codacons previously filed lawsuits to halt Serie A, a professional league competition for top Italian football clubs located, due to refereeing errors. The unions claimed the referees’ mistakes resulted in the defrauding of those who pay to watch or even bet on football legally.
Suarez’s first biting incident occurred in 2010, when he was playing for the Dutch club Ajax. He was suspended for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal on the shoulder. In April 2013, Suarez bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the arm in a Premier League match at Anfield.