Luis Suarez has apologised to Giorgio Chiellini and vowed never to bite anyone again.
Last week Suarez was sent home from the World Cup in disgrace after biting Chiellini during Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy.
The Liverpool striker, who had bitten two opponents on the field of play before, was suspended from “all football-related activity” for four months by Fifa as a result.
After reflecting on the incident in his Montevideo home for the last few days, Suarez decided to release a statement apologising for his latest indiscretion.
The statement, entitled “My apologies to Chiellini”, was published on Suarez’s Twitter account.
It read: “After several days of being home with my family, I have had the opportunity to regain my calm and reflect about the reality of what occurred during the Italy-Uruguay match on 24 June, 2014.
“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 collision he suffered with me.
“For this: I deeply regret what occurred. I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family. I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this.”
Within an hour of the tweet being posted, Chiellini accepted Suarez’s apology.
“@luis16suarez It’s all forgotten. I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension,” the Juventus defender responded on Twitter.
Uruguayan president Jose Mujica has expressed his dismay at the length of the punishment, which also came with a £65,000 fine.
Mujica, who had said previously that Suarez was being punished by Fifa because of his humble background, continued his verbal assault at a reception for the Uruguay team after they returned home from the World Cup following their 2-0 defeat to Colombia in the last 16.
Asked by a journalist what his lasting memory of the World Cup would be, Mujica said: “Fifa are a bunch of old sons of bitches.”
The president then covered his mouth to feign shock at what he had just said, but when asked by the journalist if he wanted to rectify his comments, he responded: “Publish it.”
With Suarez’s ban also affecting his future at club level, Liverpool are expected to consider offers — with Barcelona seemingly heading the queue. The Catalan club claim they have the financial power to lure him to the Nou Camp this summer — but the same may not be true of surprise suitors KF Hajvalia. The latter have offered Suarez a sanctuary in Kosovo — not a full member of Fifa — while he serves his ban.
Director Xhavit Pocolli said: “Suarez can’t play in the next four months. As we are not part of Fifa yet, I think he can play in Kosovo, so we have an offer that we will send to Liverpool.
“We offered €30,000 and a salary of €1,500 for each month. This might sound ridiculous to him, but that is all we can do.”
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