LFC and Uruguay striker says he ‘regrets’ what happened and vows there will be no repeat
The Uruguayan, who had previously claimed he simply “collided with Chiellini’s shoulder”, has now admitted he sunk his teeth into the Juventus centre-back.
Suarez, who released a statement via Twitter and Facebook from Montevideo, said: “After several days of being at home with my family, I have had the opportunity to regain my calm and reflect about the reality of what occurred during the Italy-Uruguay match on 24 June 2014.
“Independent from the fall-out and the contradicting declarations that have surfaced during these past days, all of which have been without the intention of interfering with the good performance of my national team, the truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me. For this:
- I deeply regret what occurred.
- I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family.
- I vow to the public that there will never be another incident like (this).
Montevideo, 30th of June 2014
Fifa has yet to hear the Uruguayan FA’s appeal against Suarez’s nine-match (international) and four-month bans (all football).
Liverpool Football Club have yet to comment.