Much has been made of the Liverpool striker's third career chomping incident and FIFA had launched an official investigation into his conduct.
However, despite compelling evidence to the contrary, most of Uruguay seems to be playing down the incident. Virtually none of Uruguay's newspapers made mention of the bite in their reports and a major broadcaster claimed it was all a conspiracy against the maligned player, while teammate Diego Lugano condemned Chiellini as a "cry baby."
Now, the Uruguayan football association has jumped on the denial bandwagon, claiming that images of bite marks in Chielinni's shoulder from the game were digitally manipulated.
Football Italia reports:
Despite video evidence and photographs showing a clear bite mark on Chiellini’s shoulder, the Uruguayan FA are preparing an interesting approach to their defence.
Their lawyers will maintain the images of bite marks were ‘photoshopped’ to make the incident look more serious than it was.
“The accusations against Suarez are unfounded and we will prove it in the opportune venues,” director Alejandro Balbi told Sport Witness.
It's not clear how this defense will hold up when it is noted that several camera angles showed the bite marks and plenty of people witnessed them in person, but they have until 4 p.m. ET today to respond.
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