Suarez: 'I fell and hit my face against him…I had no intent to bite'
It is being reported that Luis Suarez denies any deliberate attempt to bite Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in this week's 1-0 World Cup win by Uruguay.
In a defence in paragraph 6 of FIFA's ruling on the incident, which has been seen by The Associated Press, Suarez reportedly writes in Spanish that "in no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite.".
Suarez says "after the impact ... I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth."
FIFA has been formally informed of an appeal against Luis Suarez’s ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.
Suarez was banned from all football for four months, plus nine international matches, and fined 100,000 Swiss francs (€82,000) for biting Chiellini.
The Liverpool striker has left the World Cup in Brazil and returned to Uruguay.
On Friday, Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez suggested the English media were to blame for the “excessive” sanction and announced he was standing down from his role on FIFA’s Technical Study Group because he thought the World Cup record ban was too harsh.
The Uruguay football federation will now have a further seven days to prepare the paperwork for the appeal.
FIFA head of media Delia Fischer told a news conference in Rio de Janeiro: “We have received a declaration that they are planning to appeal. They informed us of their intention to appeal yesterday evening.
“The reasons for the appeal must now be given in writing within a deadline of seven days after the three days has expired.”
The seven-man panel FIFA panel ruled that the bite was "deliberate, intentional and without provocation".
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