World Cup Bite Tests FIFA

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — Luis Suarez could become just as awkward for football’s international organizers to handle as he has been for rival teams at the World Cup.The Uruguay forward’s alleged bite into the left shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in a crucial group-stage game has hit a raw nerve at a tournament which has been characterized by a high quality of football and entertainment.The consequences of Suarez’s bite — just before Uruguay scored the clinching goal to knock out the four-time champion Italians — will now test FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s often-stated commitment to “fair play, discipline, respect.”Blatter, who was in the crowd for the Uruguay-Italy match at Natal, has previously pledged a zero tolerance for the darker side of the game. Many are questioning where that leaves a player like Suarez, the star Liverpool striker who has a history of disciplinary problems.In the early hours of June 25, FIFA announced it had opened a disciplinary case against the player.The case will now be managed by Swiss lawyer, Claudio Sulser, Chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee. A former international forward himself, Sulser has worked for four years at FIFA, first as head of its ethics committee and now the disciplinary panel.Sulser can choose to judge the obvious offense within the scale of typical red-card incidents: a three-match ban may then be appropriate, banishing Suarez at least until the World Cup final should Uruguay advance through the knockout rounds.There’s scope for a more severe sanction: under the guidelines a ban of up to 24 international matches could be applied.Suarez and the Uruguay football federation had until 5 p.m. local time (4 p.m. EDT/2000 GMT) to present a case for the defense.FIFA stated it would call on video evidence, which surely will have pleased Blatter, a proponent of using video evidence in cases which on-field officials missed.“Video evidence can be used for serious breaches of the principle of fair play such as brawling, spitting at opponents, verbal insults and racist slurs, or for incorrectly awarded red or yellow cards,” he wrote in February.Images of Chiellini pulling aside the sleeve of his Azzurri shirt on the field to show the referee the marks on his shoulder were broadcast around the world. FIFA also has access to footage from other angles and other parts of the field.(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Reported by WVUA 23 Reporter Olivia Dance Written

first_imgReported by WVUA 23 Reporter Olivia DanceWritten by WVUA 23 Digital Reporter David Williams IIITo promote an alcohol-free lifestyle on its campus, the University of Alabama’s University Programs hosted a life-sized game night for students.The event was part of University Programs‘ Tide After Dark, which hosts similar events on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on Alabama’s campus. The events are held to help keep students out of trouble and promote having fun on campus without alcohol consumption.“It’s part of our alcohol-free alternative initiative,” University Programs Events Coordinator Shemaiah Kenon said. “So basically, we create our Tide After Dark series to help combat the alcoholic related offenses on campus and we’ve yielded that significantly so we’re just trying to make our mark and impact our campus as positively as possible.”Hosted in the Ferguson Center, the game night had classic board games and life-size versions of these games for students to enjoy. The games ranged from Connect Four, Operation, Uno, chess and many others.University Programs on the Capstone campus hosted a game night tonight in the Ferguson Center for all students to attend but this event was different than your typical game night. The life-size version of the games gave students a more interactive experience with games they grew up playing and was a comfortable environment for students to make friends.“I’m playing some games with my friends,” Alabama student Trokelle Innis said. “I’m excited for Operation because I like that on a small scale, so it’s like life-size, so I am excited to play that.”For more information on the upcoming Tide After Dark and university program events, you can visit the UA events calendar at ua.edu/events.last_img read more

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