Disgraced Uruguay and Liverpool forward apologises to Italian defender and ‘the entire football family’.
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Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has broken his public silence on the controversial biting incident at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, tweeting an apology to both his victim Giorgio Chiellini and ‘the entire football family’.
The former Ajax man also vowed never to be involved in a similar incident again, with the controversy in Brazil having been the third time that Suarez has found himself involved in a drama related to sinking his teeth into another player.
My apologies to Chiellini: pic.twitter.com/CvfkkjxzlM
— Luis Suarez (@luis16suarez) June 30, 2014
Despite apoligising, Suarez also seems to comment on the media storm that was generated by his actions and does not seem to admit his guilt, describing the incident as a “collision” in which Chiellini “suffered the physical result of a bite”.
The incident occurred in the second half of Uruguay’s vital clash against Italy, when the pair seemed to tussle in the penalty area before Suarez appeared to bite into Chiellini’s shoulder.
It was missed by the referee and Oscar Tabarez’s side went on to win the game 1-0 thanks to a header by Atletico Madrid centre back Diego Godin.
The cameras had picked up Suarez’s actions, however, and an independent FIFA disciplinary panel opted to suspend the Liverpool forward from all football related activity for a period of four months, ruling him out of his country’s last sixteen defeat to Colombia.