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Mar 27, 2013

Luis Suarez awaits FIFA verdict

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez could face action after he was caught on camera aiming a jab into the face of Chile's Gonzalo Jara during their World Cup qualifier.

FIFA is still collating referee reports from Tuesday's round of World Cup qualifiers, meaning it remains to be seen if Luis Suarez will face any sanctions after video reports caught him throwing a punch to Chilean midfielder Gonzalo Jara.

"We are still collecting all the post-match reports, since the officials have got 24 hours to send them. Based on the mentioned reports, FIFA will proceed accordingly," FIFA said in a statement Wednesday.

The Uruguay and Liverpool striker played for his country in a 2-0 defeat in South American 2014 World Cup qualifying to Chile in Santiago and video footage shows a coming together between Suarez and the West Brom defender at a corner, after which Suarez appears to hit out in the direction of Jara's face.

Jara did not go to ground, with the pair instead trading words, while referee Nestor Pitana took no action. Pitana did later book Suarez for protesting, meaning he will be suspended for the next qualifier against Venezuela.

FIFA said Wednesday it is still waiting on Pitana's official report, and will decide if any action is necessary after that.

The defeat has left Uruguay in sixth place in the group, outside of the top four automatic qualification places.

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