Bite truth hard to face, admits Suarez

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has admitted that it was hard to face the truth after he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini while playing for Uruguay at the World Cup, BBC Sport is reporting.

The former Liverpool star, who moved to Catalonia in the summer for £75m, was banned from playing in competitive matches for four months by FIFA in June for the incident, which happened at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. The game finished 1-0 to Uruguay; a result which sent them through to the knockout stages at Italy’s expense.

Initially, Suarez and the Uruguayan FA denied that he had bitten Chiellini despite the evidence of television replays. However, the player did eventually apologise to the Juventus man, who used Twitter to state that the matter had been forgotten.

The 27-year-old is expected to return to competitive action at the end of October, and ahead of his comeback he has admitted that the bite was difficult to face up to. He said: “I found it hard to take in and realise what I had done. I’m only human and sometimes it’s hard to face the truth. I didn’t want to listen to anybody, or speak to anybody. I didn’t want to accept it.”

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