Luis Suarez has admitted for the first time that he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on purpose during the World Cup match between Uruguay and Italy last week.
The striker issued a statement on Twitter this evening:
“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 collusion he suffered with me.”
“I deeply regret what occurred
I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family
I vow to the public that there will never be another incident like this.”
The first public admission of his guilt, “My apologies to Chiellini”, comes after FIFA slapped a four month global ban from all football activities – which would mean he would miss Liverpool’s first nine Premiership matches of the 2014/15 season.