â€œAm Sorry For The Biteâ€ â€“ Luis Suarez To Giorgio Chiellini
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has apologised to Giorgio Chiellini for the bite that earned him a nine-match and four-month ban from football.
The Uruguay forward, 27, was suspended from all football for biting Italyâ€™s Chiellini in a World Cup match.
â€œThe truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me,â€ said Suarez in a statement.
Suarez has previously said he lost his balance and did not bite Chiellini.
It is his third career ban for biting after incidents with Chelseaâ€™s Branislav Ivanovic while at Liverpool in April 2013, and PSVâ€™s Otman Bakkal while at Ajax in 2010.
â€œI deeply regret what occurred,â€ added Suarez. â€œ
I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family. I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this.â€
Chiellini had himself called the ban â€œexcessiveâ€, while, in his written submission to Fifa, Suarez said: â€œI lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent.â€
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