Uruguay captain Lugano dismisses ‘bite’ claims

27 June 2014 BBC Online


Uruguay captain Diego Lugano has denied Luis Suarez is guilty of biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.
Fifa, world football's governing body, opened disciplinary proceedings against Suarez after Uruguay's 1-0 win on Tuesday and has requested television footage of the incident.
Suarez, 27, could be banned for up to 24 matches or two years.
But Lugano told the BBC: "What incident? The pictures don't show anything. They show an approximation."
Uruguay are set to meet Colombia on Saturday in the last 16 of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
Martin Hong, a member of Fifa's disciplinary committee, told BBC Sport a decision on the case would come no later than Thursday.
Suarez's lawyer, Alejandro Balbi, believes the player is a victim of a European-based campaign against him.
"We don't have any doubts that this has happened because it's Suarez and secondly because Italy was eliminated," Balbi, also a Uruguayan Football Association board member, said.
"There's a lot of pressure from England and Italy. We're polishing off a defence argument." Read a transcript of Lugano's exchange with BBC sports news reporter Ben Smith at Uruguay's news conference below.

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