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Chiellini praises Luiz Suarez's 'cunningness'

'Malice is part of football, I wouldn’t call it illegitimate'

By Reuters in Milan
  • Published 23.05.20, 3:38 AM
  • Updated 23.05.20, 3:38 AM
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Giorgio Chiellini (Wikipedia)

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini admires Uruguay forward Luis Suarez for biting him during a heated match at the 2014 World Cup, he said in his autobiography.

“Malice is part of football, I wouldn’t call it illegitimate. To get past a rival you have to be smart,” the Juventus captain said in the book Io, Giorgio.

“I admire his cunning,” he added. “If he lost it, he’d become an ordinary forward.”

Chiellini said nothing strange happened that day in the 2014 World Cup.

“I marked (Edinson) Cavani for most of the match. Suddenly I noticed that I had been bitten in the shoulder. He and I are alike, and I like to take on attackers like him."