Luis Suarez: I didn’t intend to bite Giorgio Chiellini
Luis Suárez claimed that he did not intend to bite Giorgio Chiellini after he was suspended for four months by Fifa
Luis Suarez has revealed that he did not intend to bite Giorgio Chiellini, insisting that he fell into the Italy defender.
The Uruguay international has been handed a four-month suspension from football by Fifa after being found guilty of misconduct by the governing body’s disciplinary panel.
However, the 27-year-old Liverpool striker claimed that the incident was not intentional.
Suarez wrote in a letter to Fifa, dated 25 June: “In no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite.
“After the impact, I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent.
“At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth.”
The seven-strong panel dismissed Suarez’s argument, before his punishment was confirmed on Thursday.
Suarez took to his Twitter account on Saturday to thank fans for the support he has received.
“Hi all, I write this post to give thanks to the outpouring of support and love I am receiving. Both myself and my family really appreciate it,” Suarez wrote.
“Thank you very much for being by my side and I want to support all my colleagues selected for the match against Colombia.”
Uruguay have informed Fifa that they intend to appeal against the ban, which includes nine international matches.