BUENOS AIRES – Uruguayan star player Luis Suarez finally said sorry today for biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini in what has been the biggest scandal so far of the 2014 World Cup.
The star striker, who was not booked during the match but received a stiff four-month ban from soccer governing body FIFA for the attack, took to Twitter Monday for the very public apology.
On his official account @luis16suarez, the Liverpool player wrote simply “My apologies” and a link to a message that reads:
My apologies to Chiellini: pic.twitter.com/CvfkkjxzlM
— Luis Suarez (@luis16suarez) June 30, 2014
Before now, Suarez and many in the Uruguayan media have defended the striker, claiming, despite the video evidence, that he didn’t actually bite Chiellini.
After the FIFA ban, many of Suarez’s supporters, not least the millions of fans of his club, Liverpool, took to social media to decry the ruling as unfair and extreme.