Liverpool star striker Luis Suarez could be facing a lengthy ban after he was charged by FIFA for allegedly biting Azzurri defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

Suarez and Chiellini clashed in the 79th minute of the game, television replays showed Suarez has headbutted the Italy defender before going downere Chiellini then accused him of biting his shoulder. The referee didn’t see anything, Chiellini kept showing him bite marks but the referee refused to take any actions. This is the third time Suarez has bitten an opponent. The Liverpool star striker bit Chelsea‘s Branislav Ivanovic last year and PSV’s Otman Bakkal back in 2010.

Uruguay and Suarez have until 5pm local time (9pm BST) on Wednesday to present evidence.

A statement on FIFA’s website said: “FIFA can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the player Luis Suarez of Uruguay following an apparent breach of art. 48 and/or art. 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match Italy-Uruguay played on 24 June 2014.

“The player and/or the Uruguayan FA are invited to provide with their position and any documentary evidence they deem relevant until 25 June 2014, 5pm, Brasilia time.

“According to art. 77 lit. a of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC), the FIFA Disciplinary Committee is responsible for sanctioning serious infringements which have escaped the match officials’ attention.

“Furthermore, according to art. 96 of the FDC, any type of proof may be produced (par. 1), in particular are admissible, reports from referees, declarations from the parties and witnesses, material evidence, audio or video recordings (par. 3).”

FIFA can ban Luis Suarez for at least two matches up to a maximum of 24 months.