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'After 10 days he admitted his World Cup mistake' - Luis Suarez's wife reveals lies over bite

Published 24/04/2015 | 11:19

Barcelona's Luis Suarez poses with the Golden Boot trophy next to his wife Sofia Balbi. Suarez shares the trophy with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo with a goal tally of 31 goals in Europe's domestic leagues last season.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez poses with the Golden Boot trophy next to his wife Sofia Balbi. Suarez shares the trophy with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo with a goal tally of 31 goals in Europe's domestic leagues last season.

Sofia Balbi has revealed that her husband Luis Suarez lied to her in the aftermath of his infamous World Cup bite and acted as if nothing had happened after the match.

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The Uruguayan forward was initially banned by FIFA from all football-related activity for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

The severity of the ban was lessened on appeal, meaning he was at least allowed to train and play in friendlies.

The unsavoury incident with Chiellini in Brazil was the third time Suarez had bitten an opponent after previously doing the same to PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in 2010 and Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic while at Liverpool in 2013.

Sofia told Canal 10 in an extensive interview that at first he refused to admit it had happened.

"He told me he hadn’t done it" she said. "That is what he had in his head and even I began to believe it. But the television and radio spoke only about the bite and after 10 days of us being alone he told me the truth."

Luis Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini pictured after the World Cup bite
Luis Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini pictured after the World Cup bite

"On the day of the game I phoned him and asked what he had done. He responded with ‘what?’ The same had happened in England and I insisted: ‘Again?’ He replied: ‘I haven’t done anything. Are you not happy because Uruguay qualified?"

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