The group, known as the Codacons, are a consortium originally set up to protect the rights of consumers in Italy but are now involved in a legal battle that is gathering momentum in an attempt to take action against Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for his bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.
Suarez has been banned from football for four months by football authority FIFA and is heavily linked with a £75 million move from Liverpool to join Barcelona.
Whilst the incident that resulted in his suspension from football took place at the World Cup in Brazil, Italian legislation allows for court procedures to take place regardless of where a ‘crime’ has taken place, so long as the victim is an Italian citizen.
Codacons president Carlo Rienzi has revealed they intend to provide video evidence to the court of what they perceive as an “assault” on Chiellini, an Italy international, and suggest they will pursue a trial.
“Now we are waiting to see what the courts decide,” Rienzi explained.
“If they recognise, as we suggested, a potential crime in Suarez’s behaviour, then they can analyse the video and photographic evidence.”
It is important to note that Chiellini himself has not taken legal action against Suarez, even publicly asking for his FIFA imposed punishment to be lowered, and that these attempts to sue the Reds forward are coming from the Codacons and not the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).