Luis Suarez says sorry
Luis Suarez has apologised to Giorgio Chiellini and vowed never to bite anyone again.
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The Liverpool striker, who had bitten two opponents on the field of play before, was suspended from "all football-related activity" for four months by FIFA as a result.
After reflecting on the incident in his Montevideo home for the last few days, Suarez decided to release a statement via Twitter on Monday apologising for his latest indiscretion.
His statement said:
“After several days of being at home with my family, I have had the opportunity to regain my calm and reflect on the reality of what occurred during the Italy-Uruguay match on 24 June 2014.
Independent from the fallout 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 again be another incident like ”
Within an hour of the tweet being posted, Chiellini accepted Suarez's apology.
".@luis16suarez It's all forgotten. I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension," the Juventus defender responded on Twitter.
Press Association Sport understands Liverpool had no involvement in Suarez's apology.
Uruguayan president Jose Mujica has expressed his dismay at the length of the punishment, which also came with a £65,000 fine.
Mujica, who had said previously that Suarez was being punished by FIFA because of his humble background, continued his verbal assault at a reception for the Uruguay team after they returned home from the World Cup following their 2-0 defeat to Colombia in the last 16.
Asked by a journalist what his lasting memory of the World Cup would be, Mujica said: ''FIFA are a bunch of old sons of b*****s.''
The president then covered his mouth to feign shock at what he had just said, but when asked by the journalist if he wanted to rectify his comments, he responded: ''Publish it.''
Mujica then conceded that Suarez deserved to be punished for his bite, but criticised the severity of the ban.
''They could have punished him, but not given him this fascist ban,'' added Mujica.
FIFA refused to respond to the president's remarks.