World Cup: Italian Bite Victim Giorgio Chiellini Calls Luis Suarez' Punishment "Excessive"
Suarez was given a four month ban after he bit Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 defeat of Italy, which kicked the Italian side out of the World Cup.
Italian soccer player Giorgio Chiellini, made famous around the globe as the victim of a biting attack by Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez during a World Cup match Tuesday night, says he bares no hard feelings against Suarez.
In an magnanimous statement posted on his website, Chiellini said had "no feelings of joy, revenge or anger" against Suarez following the attack.
Chiellini also called the four-month ban given to Suarez by soccer governing body FIFA "excessive."
FIFA gave Suarez a nine-game suspension as well as banning him from all soccer activity for four months, meaning he will miss out on the rest of the World Cup and on the first matches in the upcoming Premiere League season, where Suarez plays for Liverpool.
"At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period," Chiellini wrote.
Read Chiellini's full statement below:
"Now inside me there's no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that's done. There only remain the anger and the disappointment about the match.
At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period.
I have always considered unequivocal the disciplinary interventions by the competent bodies, but at the same time I believe that the proposed formula is excessive. I sincerely hope that he will be allowed, at least, to stay close to his team mates during the games because such a ban is really alienating for a player."
- Giorgio Chiellini