MONTEVIDEO (AFP) – Disgraced Uruguay striker Luis Suarez apologised Monday to Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini for the bite that saw him expelled from the World Cup.
“I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family,” said a statement on Suarez’s official Twitter account, which acknowledged for the first time that there was “a bite.”
“I vow to the public there will never again be another incident like” it, he added.
Suarez was handed a four month ban from all football activitie and suspended from nine internationals. It was his third offence of biting an opponent.
But Suarez said “I deeply regret” the clash with Chiellini.
“The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite that occurred in the collision he suffered with me,” said the statement.
Suarez, who flew into a hero’s welcome in Montevideo after being expelled, issued the statement from his family’s home.
Full text of the apology
“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 June 24, 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 apologize to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family.
I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like.”
Montevideo, June 30, 2014