Former Liverpool star Luis Suarez wants FIFA to apologise to him for handing out such a lengthy ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at last summer’s World Cup, the Metro reports.
The Uruguayan international was caught taking a chunk out of Chiellini’s shoulder during their final group game in Brazil and was subsequently banned for nine games and told that he would not even be allowed into the stadium to cheer on his teammates.
He was then slapped with an with an eight-month ban, further extending his exile from the game, though he still managed to complete a £75m move (via the BBC) to Barcelona later that summer.
He made his debut for his new club in October, and has since gone on to form a powerful forward trio alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar. But despite his recent success, he is now insisting that FIFA apologise to him as he feels the ban he was handed was too excessive.
“When the Diego Godin goal went in, I didn’t celebrate the way I would’ve done,” he told Fox Sports Radio in Uruguay.
“I realised what I had done was wrong and I knew what could happen.
“In my opinion, Fifa’s Disciplinary Committee know my ban was excessive and at some point I’d love them to apologise and admit it was the wrong punishment, just as I admitted when I was wrong.
“When Tabarez announced the sanction, I tried to be strong, but the tears were inevitable.
“Someone can make a mistake, but to say ‘you can’t even enter a stadium’ is incomprehensible.”
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