Tuesday 10 December 2019

Biting is 'relatively harmless', says Luis Suarez

Uruguay's Luis Suarez reacts after clashing with Italy's Giorgio Chiellini
Uruguay's Luis Suarez reacts after clashing with Italy's Giorgio Chiellini
Italy's Giorgio Chiellini shows his shoulder, claiming he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez

Independent Newsdesk and Agencies

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has described biting as "relatively harmless" in an interview with Spanish media and said it pales in comparison to Mike Tyson's famous bite on Evander Holyfield.

The Uruguayan signed for Barca from Liverpool for €81m despite a four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini when playing against Italy at the World Cup.

It was the third time in five years Suarez has been involved in a biting incoident and while he has apologised for his actions, he has downplayed the seriousness of his actions.

 “They treated me like a criminal,” he admitted in his autobiography, which Marca published part of on Wednesday. “[But] it was my fault.

“It was the third time something like that happened to me and I needed help, although I was an easy target.

“Biting scares a lot of people, but it’s relatively harmless, or at least it was in the incidents I was involved in.

“None of my bites were like Mike Tyson’s on Evander Holyfield, but nobody cares about that.”

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