Sunday 19 November 2017

Suarez bite defence: 'I lost balance and fell against the player'

Luis Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini pictured after the biting incident
Luis Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini pictured after the biting incident

Luis Suarez told a FIFA disciplinary panel that he did not intentionally bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Fifa has been formally informed of an appeal against Suarez's ban for biting Chiellini.

The Uruguay football federation will now have a further seven days to prepare the paperwork for the appeal.

The player's defence appears in paragraph six of FIFA's disciplinary committee ruling.

In a letter to the FIFA panel, dated June 25, Suarez explained that he in fact lost his balance and fell on to the Italian defender, slamming his face into the player's shoulder.

"At the moment of impact, it forced me to bend my knees, and lost balance and ended up falling on the opponent (Chiellini)."

Suarez told the panel that the clash left him with pain in his teeth and a small bruise on his cheek.

"I slammed my face against the player (Chiellini) leaving a small bruise and sharp pain in the teeth."

The Liverpool ace categorically denied that it was a deliberate attempt to bite the Italian defender.

"This is what happened and in no case what has been described as a bite or attempting to bite happened."

However, the seven-man panel ruled that the bite was “deliberate, intentional and without provocation.”

As a result of the ruling Suarez has been banned from all football, including training with his Merseyside club, for four months.

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