Luis Suarez issues apology to Giorgio Chiellini


Rememeber when Luis Suarez defended himself by saying he lost his balance and accidentally smacked his teeth off of Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder, injuring his own mouth in the process? The Uruguay star has apparently had time to reconsider his position and come to the conclusion that honesty is the best approach.

On Monday afternoon, Suarez issued an apology to Chiellini on Twitter.


Chiellini, who has already stated that he believes the punishment levied against Suarez by FIFA was too harsh, quickly accepted the apology and said he hopes FIFA will reduce the length of the ban.

Chiellini is incredibly admirable for letting the whole incident go, but it’s hard to take Suarez’s apology seriously. He’s been punished for biting multiple times in the past. Actions speak louder than words, and Suarez has repeatedly proved that he has a serious problem.

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Giorgio Chiellini thinks Luis Suarez’s punishment for biting him is excessive

Giorgio-Chiellini-1This year’s World Cup has given us great goals, surprising results, and a moment FIFA would rather have not taken place.

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez resorted to a tactic he’s previously used when he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder. While punishment was sure to be handed down, the severity was what everyone was anxiously awaiting.

When the announcement was made, FIFA came down with a heavy hand.

While reactions have been varied, one in particular stands out. Chiellini posted on his website a few words on the incident and his feelings toward Suarez.

“Now inside me there’s no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that’s done. There only remain the anger and the disappointment about the match.

At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period.

I have always considered unequivocal the disciplinary interventions by the competent bodies, but at the same time I believe that the proposed formula is excessive. I sincerely hope that he will be allowed, at least, to stay close to his team mates during the games because such a ban is really alienating for a player.”

Not only does Suarez’s suspension affect games with the national team, but the four-month portion causes it to run into the early portion of the English Premier League schedule, meaning he will be absent from Liverpool’s first nine matches of next season.

Documented history of similar behavior or not, there are more than a few who feel the hand Suarez was dealt is too harsh. And now we can add the victim of his most recent act to the list.

H/T SportsGrid

Did Luis Suarez try to bite Giorgio Chiellini in 2013 also?


Luis Suarez took the attention away from Uruguay’s huge victory over Italy on Tuesday when he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder. Suarez has now bitten at least three opponents during his career. Was Tuesday the second time he targeted Chiellini?

As The Big Lead pointed out, photos from the 2013 Confederations Cup appear to show a very familiar exchange taking place between Suarez and Chiellini. Here’s a zoomed-in version of the image you see above:

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Giorgio Chiellini shows bite marks from Luis Suarez


Uruguay advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup on Tuesday with an upset victory over Italy, but there is a dark cloud hanging over their victory. They can thank Luis Suarez and his biting problem for that.

Suarez appeared to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder in the 80th minute. Unfortunately for Chiellini and the Italians, no official saw the incident. Chiellini immediately fell to the ground and showed a referee the bite marks Suarez left on his shoulder shortly after the exchange.

[WATCH: Luis Suarez bites Giorgio Chiellini]

This is the third biting incident involving Suarez in the last four years, and he has been suspended each of the previous times. He was given a seven-game ban for biting an opponent and 2010 and was suspended 10 games last year after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

You hate to make excuses for a team, but there are plenty of people — including ESPN World Cup analyst and Everton manager Roberto Martinez — who feel that Suarez’s bite had to have distracted Chiellini and the other Italian players. Uruguay scored just a minute later, clinching a spot in the knockout stage and sending Italy, who needed a draw or win, home.

Photo: Twitter/Baxter Holmes