MOSCOW, June 25 (RAPSI) – The management of FC Liverpool may sue its Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in violation of his contract with the UK club, the Daily Mirror writes.
FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Suarez after Chiellini accused the Liverpool defender of biting him during the final group game at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which Uruguay won 1:0.
The Italian defender said the referee saw Suarez bite him, but did nothing. Suarez denied biting him. “We were in contact, chest against shoulder, and I got a knock to the eye,” he said.
“Much will depend on what punishment FIFA hands down but if the ban is sufficiently long so that Suarez is unable to fulfill his contract, this so called ‘frustration of contract’ could lead to claims by Liverpool for breach of contract on the part of Suarez,” said Glenn Hayes, Employment law Partner at national law firm Irwin Mitchell.
Suarez’s first biting incident came 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.