Liverpool strikes Luis Suarez has reportedly apologized to Giorgio Chiellini for biting him during the Uruguay-Italy World Cup match. The Uruguay forward was handed a nine-match suspension and a four month ban following the incident.
Suarez had previously denied claims that he bit Chiellini. "The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me," the player said in a statement on Monday.
This is the third time that the player is handed a ban for biting his fellow player. He was earlier penalized for hurting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic and PSV's Otman Bakkal at Ajax in 2010. Suarez said he deeply regretted the incident and apologized to Chiellini and all other players.
"I deeply regret what occurred," added Suarez. "I apologize to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family. I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this...I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent." Suarez said in a statement.
Suarez will return to Premier League matches only on 26th October on the expiry of the ban. The player has missed a total of 39 matches because of biting related controversies.