What will happen to Suarez?

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The Liverpool striker was a doubt for the tournament after undergoing knee surgery less than two months ago, but came back to single-handedly down England 2-1 in the second Group D game.

However, his headlines will move from the backpages to the front after he appeared to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini with 10 minutes to go – and just 30 seconds before Diego Godin scored the winner.

It remains to be seen what action is taken against Suarez should he be found guilty, though FIFA has since indicated they will investigate the incident.

Surely he will be banned for the rest of the World Cup if the evidence is clearcut enough, but what about his career after that?

Remember, this would be the third time he is found guilty. In 2010, while still playing for Ajax Amsterdam, he received a seven-match ban for biting Otman Bakkal.

Then, in April 2013, he was banned for 10 games after being found guilty of biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, this time in the colours of Liverpool.

But what will the powers-that-be decide for a third incident? Could we see six months, a year, or maybe more?

We will have to wait and see, but what we do know is that Suarez is one of the most gifted players of his generation, but at the same time a timebomb waiting to go off.

Whether current employers Liverpool feel that is worth hanging on to – or whether potential suitors Real Madrid and Barcelona feel it’s a risk worth talking – will be one of the big talking points of the off-season.

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