Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is embroiled in yet another controversial biting incident but his lawyer has now come out to defend him accusing England of launching a vendetta against the Liverpool forward.
The 27-year-old had fired Uruguay into the second stage of the World Cup in Brazil along with Costa Rica ahead of England and Italy but he caused outrage across the world with yet another incident of misconduct, biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on Tuesday night.
FIFA are understood to be considering a lengthy ban for the Liverpool striker who has previously bitten two other opponents whilst playing for the Reds and Ajax.
Whilst the world of football moved to condemn his behaviour, Luis Suarez’ lawyer has come out publicly in his defence, blaming England (and Italy) for the controversy surrounding the incident.
"We don't have any doubts that this has happened because it's Suarez and secondly because Italy was eliminated," said Balbi.
"There's a lot of pressure from England and Italy. We’re polishing off a defence argument."
Balbi is also on the Uruguay FA board but his comments seem to be blaming other nations for the reaction to the incident which he clearly believes is more to do with the player’s reputation and the progression of Uruguay over England and Italy at the World Cup.
"There is a possibility that they ban him, because there are precedents, but we're convinced that it was an absolutely casual play, because if Chiellini can show a scratch on one shoulder, Suarez can show a bruised and almost shut eye,” he continued.
Liverpool have stood by Luis Suarez in the past following the incident which saw him banned at the end of the 2012/13 campaign for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic but the club and pundits associated with the Merseyside giants have been more than a little reluctant to defend him on this occasion which could see him banned from playing for the Reds for a substantial period of time.