Suarez apologises to Chiellini
Luis Suarez (AFP)
Montevideo - Disgraced Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has apologised on Monday to Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini for the bite that saw him expelled from the World Cup.
Suarez acknowledged for the first time that the Italian was bitten.
"I deeply regret what occurred," said the 27-year-old Liverpool striker.
"I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family," said a statement on Suarez's official Twitter account.
"I vow to the public there will never again be another incident like" it, he added.
Chiellini, who said the ban was excessive, reacted quickly to Suarez's apology.
"It's all forgotten. I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension," he tweeted.
bit Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy on June 24 which took
the South Americans into the World Cup last 16. They were beaten by
Colombia on Sunday.
The prolific striker denied the charges
against him. He told a FIFA disciplinary commission that he had lost his
balance and there was no bite.
But within 48 hours of the
incident, Suarez was handed a four month ban from all football
activities, suspended from nine internationals and fined 100,000 Swiss
francs (112,000 dollars). It was his third offence of biting an
He returned on Friday to Uruguay where the sanction has
caused national outrage. President Jose Mujica slammed FIFA leaders as
"sons of bitches" for imposing the sanction.
But Suarez said:
"After several days of being 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 June 24, 2014.
there had been "contradicting declarations" of the events but that he
had no "intention of interfering with the good performance of my
"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 apologize to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family.
"I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like."
Suarez's denials, the disciplinary commission gave a damning assessment
of Suarez's actions in its final report, which was leaked to various
It said "the offence was carried out directly against an
opposing player, while the ball was not being disputed, and it was done
deliberately, intentionally and without provocation."
football leaders inside and outside FIFA have said that Suarez -- one of
the best strikers in the world but also one of the most temperamental
-- should seek counselling.
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke
said at the World Cup that Suarez had to "find a way to stop doing it.
He should go through a treatment. It is definitely wrong."
The international professional footballer's union FIFPro said FIFA should have made mandatory treatment part of its sanction.
Many have pointed to Suarez's past offences however.
served a seven-game ban for biting a player in November 2010 when he
was with Dutch side Ajax and a 10 game suspension after biting Chelsea
defender Branislav Ivanovic while playing for Liverpool in April 2013.
also hurled racial abuse at Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a
Premier League game in October 2011 and was banned for eight matches.
the 2010 World Cup he caused a storm of controversy by stopping a
certain winning goal by Ghana on the goalline with his hand. Uruguay
went on to win a penalty shootout.
Since the latest furore, Suarez
has lost a sponsorship deal with a gambling website and Adidas, the
sports equipment giant, said it would not use any Suarez adverts during
the World Cup.
But media reports say that Barcelona and Real Madrid are still interested in buying the player from Liverpool.