The president of the Uruguayan Soccer Association (AUF) said Wednesday forward Luis Suárez, who allegedly bit the left shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in a crucial group-stage game Tuesday, will not be giving any statements to the Disciplinary Committee of FIFA.
“We have decided that Luis Suárez will not declare," said AUF’s President Wilmar Valdez to Uruguayan radio Sport 890.
The soccer association has until Wednesday afternoon to present a case showing Suárez did not bite Chiellini.
Valdez and AUF board member Alejandro Balbi are on their way from Natal to Rio de Janeiro to file the brief in defense of Suárez, Sport 890 reported. Balbi is also Suárez's lawyer.
"In addition to carrying the brief, we will follow the issue very closely,” Valdez said, adding that FIFA officials notified the team of the disciplinary action late Tuesday night.
Valdez also denied a rumor circulating in social media that Suárez will get a four-match ban.
"We all know how things are and what Luis means in the world of soccer. Uruguay is a thorn in the side for many but we have to do things right, legally defending our player," said Valdez.
"We don't have any doubts that this has happened because it's Suárez and secondly because Italy was eliminated," said Balbi, as quoted by Reuters.
"There's a lot of pressure from England and Italy," Balbi told local Uruguayan radio. "We're polishing off a defense argument."