Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has finally apologized for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match and vowed there would never be a repeat of the incident. After initially denying that he bit Chiellini, Suarez issued a carefully worded statement on Monday admitting his offense.
The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me.
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez via Twitter
His admission came days after he was expelled from the World Cup and banned for Uruguay’s next nine competitive international matches and from any involvement in football for four months by FIFA. FIFA ruled that Suarez acted intentionally and promptly handed him the longest ban ever imposed on a player at the World Cup, prompting fury in his South American homeland, where he was given a hero’s welcome on his return.
For this: I deeply regret what happened; I apologize to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family; I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like (that).
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez