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Suarez apologizes for biting opponent at World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- After a few days of reflection, Luis Suarez acknowledged what millions saw on TV - he did bite an opponent during a game at the World Cup. In addition, he said he's sorry about it, and promised it will never happen again.

Ending a unified protest in Uruguay by everyone from Suarez to teammates, fans and even the country's president that the star striker had done nothing wrong, the Liverpool player on Monday offered an apology to Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

"I deeply regret what occurred," Suarez said in a statement posted on Twitter. "I apologize to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family. ... I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like (this)."

The Uruguay striker was banned for four months from all football by FIFA for biting the shoulder of Chiellini during the team's 1-0 win over Italy in their group-stage game in Brazil. The incident was not spotted by the referee, and the Uruguayans' victory sent them through to the second round while Italy was eliminated. It is the third time Suarez has been banned for biting an opponent, after similar incidents at both Ajax in the Dutch league and Liverpool in the English Premier League.

Chiellini responded on Twitter shortly after Suarez posted his statement, accepting the apology.

"It's all forgotten," the Italian wrote in English. "I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension."

Suarez had originally denied wrongdoing in a written response to FIFA, and had been staunchly defended by teammates and Uruguayan officials. His apology could be taken into account by FIFA when it considers an appeal of the ban, which the Uruguayan federation has said it will file.

"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," the statement said. "(The) truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me."

Suarez was also suspended from Uruguay's next nine international matches - the first of which was a 2-0 loss to Colombia in the round of 16 on Saturday.

Suarez had already returned home to Uruguay by then, and has received an outpouring of support from Uruguayan fans and even the country's president, who blasted FIFA over the ban.

President Jose Mujica referred to FIFA as "bunch of old sons of whores" as he welcomed Uruguay's team back from the World Cup on Sunday.

He also referred to FIFA's stiff ban as "fascist," though he said that Suarez could have been sanctioned with a lesser sentence.

Suarez was named the player of the year in the Premier League this past season after scoring 31 goals to lead Liverpool to a second-place finish. He led the league in scoring despite missing the first five games of the season for serving the last part of a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during the previous campaign. Liverpool has yet to comment on the World Cup biting incident.

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phantastic1 June 30 2014 at 7:16 PM

President Jose Mujica needs to check himself and shut his mouth. The ban is more than lenient considering the circumstance. Suarez is lucky he did not get a year ban, or even life. As far as his promising this will never happen again, I am sure he means it, but there is no way he can make such a promise. He obviously has emotional problems which have erroded his self-control and allowed him to bite on 3 occasions. These types of problems will not go away on there own or overnight. I hope he seeks counseling. A big salute to Chiellini for his mature acceptance of Suarez' apology.

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Steve phantastic1 June 30 2014 at 11:21 PM

Hope they also checked him for rabies and any other stuff he could transmit. Maybe el presidente will invite him over for dinner and he will take a bite ouf of him.

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lv2213frs phantastic1 June 30 2014 at 11:26 PM

Very creepy guy. I hope he gets a good psychiatrist.

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whitewrights June 30 2014 at 6:58 PM

not a fan of this new comment situation...that being said I believe he only apologized because it was so obviously caught on camera...no more biting

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Steve whitewrights June 30 2014 at 11:22 PM

He is only sorry now that they banned him from playing for 4 months.

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critter June 30 2014 at 7:26 PM

Chiellini. is amazing he excepted the apology from someone who has already done the same thing to other players how many times 2 or 3 right? Then he adamantly denies he bit Chiellini. He still denied it after the replay was shown! But now that the heat was coming down and everyone wanted him out of football he gets nervous and only then did he apologize. Why? Not because he is sorry. It is because he got caught in a situation he could not lie his way out of.. Like I said Chiellini is one hell of a guy for accepting his "Apology"

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jechandle critter July 01 2014 at 8:21 AM

Maybe it's because Chiellini knows how many cynical fouls he committed behind the referee's back. Thought the biting is despicable, maybe he needs to apologize himself for using deliberate tactics that violate the Laws of the Game.

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trickortreattwin June 30 2014 at 7:10 PM

Guess he never grew up. Children bite...not normal humans. Get rid of him before he really does kill someone. Sorry excuse for a man.

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vinkbear trickortreattwin June 30 2014 at 9:05 PM

With all the STD's and other diseases that are out there and him traveling the world as a professional player, who knows what he's been exposed to, or has?

Chiellini showed tremendous restraint in not beating Suarez to a pulp for biting him. And he would have been justified. Suarez' bite threatened his health at least and his life at worst.

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ram4131 June 30 2014 at 7:16 PM

His coach called the FIFA officials "sons of ******"?
Are you kidding me? Where the hell is HIS suspension or fine? And he didn't apologize. He said in the article the player received a bite during a collision. LOL- Give him an Oscar.

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ram4131 ram4131 June 30 2014 at 7:18 PM

Sorry, it was the freakin President of Uruguay that said "sons of ******"

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ram4131 ram4131 June 30 2014 at 7:21 PM

AOL can put the phrase "sons of wh*res in their article but CENSORS ME when I do it?


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bigpapapuff425 ram4131 June 30 2014 at 9:04 PM

Damn ram, looks like you're talking to yourself!

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meh1029 June 30 2014 at 7:00 PM

How does Suarez explain his biting fetish to his kids? Does he tell them it's wrong to bite? Or does he bite his kids? Anyone wanna bet he does it again?

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Joan July 01 2014 at 12:19 AM

His apology amounts to nothing more than damage control. However, admirable that his opponent accepted the apology that the incident will never happen again. Suarez is Suarez--it will happen again!!

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choicef June 30 2014 at 7:44 PM

i would crack his fukin skull!

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wau8374716 July 01 2014 at 6:35 AM

This is a Joke . He is only Sorry He was Caught . Band him for life !!!

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ellopt wau8374716 July 01 2014 at 11:37 AM

How about "PULL HIS TEETH"?

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carlosward4 July 01 2014 at 12:11 AM

Count Suarez should be banned for life and he should go live in Transylvania with the rest of the Vampires.

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