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England football fan has ear bitten off in Brazil

The brutal incident appeared to foreshadow the now infamous biting attack by Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suárez on an Italian player

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An England fan watching his team’s World Cup game against Uruguay had his ear bitten off by a fellow supporter, video footage from UK tabloid The Sunday People showed.

The bizarre incident appeared to foreshadow the now infamous biting attack by Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suárez on an Italian player.

The film shows an assailant attacking a fellow England fan and biting off his ear lobe before escaping off into the crowd.

The supporter, believed to be England fan Robert Farquharson, tells the camera in the footage: “He bit my ear off and called me a black ****!”

Chief Superintendent Rachel Barber said: "We were made aware during the England vs Uruguay match in Sao Paulo that an incident had taken place which resulted in an England fan having a portion of his ear bitten off by another England fan,” London-based paper The Guardian quoted her as saying.

"In the immediate aftermath, we managed to make contact with the victim and offered advice and support. The day after the attack, the victim chose to make a formal complaint to the local police, and they opened an investigation.”

Although no arrests have yet been made, but interviews with witnesses provided police with a name for the alleged attacker, she added.

Police travelled to England’s final match against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte in case the attacker travelled to the match, but he was not found there.