Luis Suarez has made an apology and promise. The apology was quickly accepted. But only time — and the absence of tooth marks on his opponents — will tell if the promise can be kept.
Days after being sent home from the World Cup in disgrace, Suarez issued an apology on Twitter and Facebook for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. The 27-year-old Uruguay striker, who has a well-documented history of sinking his teeth into opponents, also vowed to never be involved in a similar incident again.
My apologies to Chiellini: pic.twitter.com/CvfkkjxzlM
— Luis Suárez (@LuisSuarez9) June 30, 2014
Suarez’ latest biting incident occurred late in a group-stage game on June 24 that sent Uruguay into the Round of 16. FIFA bit back with a nine-game suspension and a four-month ban that sent Suarez home from Brazil ahead of his team. Without Suarez, Uruguay was eliminated by Colombia.
The apology apparently satisfied Chiellini, who responded to Suarez on Twitter.
.@luis16suarez It's all forgotten. I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension.
— Giorgio Chiellini (@chiellini) June 30, 2014