London: Luis Suarez has finally admitted he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini and apologised for the conduct that saw him banished from the World Cup.
The Uruguayan and Liverpool striker has appealed a four-month ban from football following the incident in his country’s final group game and this is the first show of contrition for his behaviour.
In a statement released via his Twitter page, Suarez said: “After several days being 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.
“Independent from the fallout and contradicting declarations that have surfaced during these past few days, all of which have been without the intention of interfering with the good performance of my national team, the truth is 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, apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family and I vow to the public there will never be another incident like it.”
The tone of the apology is a significant departure from his initial responses, when Suarez denying he had bitten the Italian and his national team suggesting conspiracies against him.
With the Uruguay FA currently attempting to, at the very least, have the Fifa punishment significantly reduced, Suarez’s admission may be an effort to soften the tough stance from the authorities.
Fifa said in their own declarations that the 27-year-old’s refusal to accept he had done wrong was a factor in the length of his ban, which would prevent him playing club football until the end of October at the earliest.
Meanwhile, Suarez has been offered a shock escape from his Fifa ban — by Kosovo Super League outfit Hajvalia. Hajvalia prepared to hand the player a chance to play during his ban as a result of Kosovo yet to become full members of Fifa and therefore unaffected by the governing body’s regulations.