Updated 10:44 AM EDT, Thu, Jun 04, 2020

Luis Suarez Finally Apologizes For World Cup Bite Incident

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Days after his biting incident during a World Cup game against Italy, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez expressed his apology to Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini and promised that the incident will never happen again.

As a punishment for his action, Suarez was banned for four months by FIFA when he bit the shoulder of Chiellini during a game which Uruguay won.

In his Twitter page, Suarez posted: "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 (this)."

According to Fox Sports, Suarez initially denied that he did something bad when he wrote a response to FIFA. He was also defended by his teammates and officials from his home team.

"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. (The) truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me," Suarez was quoted as saying.

To this, Chiellini replied that the incident has been forgotten and that he hopes FIFA will reduce Suarez's suspension. He also retweeted Suarez's apology.

The Uruguay player was suspended for his next nine international matches. He already missed the first one where his team lost to a 2-0 match against Colombia on Saturday.

The player, according to Fox Sports, has also returned home to Uruguay where he received "outpouring" support from his fans and even the president of the country who expressed dismay on the "excessive" ban imposed by FIFA.

But this is not the first time that Suarez figured in a biting incident during a soccer game. The New York Times reported that he was also suspended in 2010 for biting an opponent in a Dutch league game. He also issued an apology which came in the form of a video posted on his Facebook page.

Last year, he was again accused of biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League game which caused him a 10-game ban and another apology over social media where he said that his behavior was "inexcusable." Liverpool's managing director Ian Ayre also commented on Suarez biting problem to which he said "His behavior is not befitting of any player wearing a Liverpool shirt and Luis is aware that he has let himself and everyone associated with the club down."

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