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Suarez bit Ivanovic out of penalty anger, Liverpool striker reveals

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By Andrew Tuft

Tuesday 11 June 2013

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has revealed he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic because he was angry at conceding a penalty, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Luis Suarez and Branislav Ivanovic

Suarez was penalised for handball shortly before the hour mark, allowing Eden Hazard to send Chelsea ahead only five minutes after Suarez had teed up Daniel Sturridge to put the Reds level following Oscar’s first-half opener.

The bite was not seen on the day by the officials but Suarez was later banned for 10 games - not before heading a 97th minute equaliser in the match. The Uruguay international has since apologised to Ivanovic, the newspaper claims, and offered no excuse for what is the second biting incident of his career.

The incident with Ivanovic - I know I made a mistake, it was me, my fault, and he did not do anything to me, Suarez said. “I was angry because I had given away a penalty for hand ball. I was the cause of the penalty against my team - I saw red and completely lost it. I can’t really explain it and I am so sorry.

Suarez was in the middle of a ban for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Ottman Bakkal when he moved to Anfield in January 2011, having been given a seven-match suspension by the Dutch authorities. Suarez was Ajax captain at the time.

As well as apologising for the Ivanovic bite, Suarez re-iterated his dismay at the coverage he received, which he recently cited as his reason for seeking a move away from the Premier League. Suarez said: “ But still people can be very cruel, and the reaction was amazing,” adding he would welcome the chance to play with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

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