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Luis Suárez insists he lost balance, did not bite Giorgio Chiellini

Jun 28, 2014, 10:12 AM EDT

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In Luis Suárez’s letter of defense to the FIFA disciplinary committee, the Uruguay striker insisted that the now infamous incident – in which he collided with the shoulder of Giorgio Chiellini, with the Italy defender immediately peeling away his kit to show what appeared to be bite marks – was not a bite.

Writing in Spanish, Suárez insisted that “in no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite.” He went on to describe his version of what happened on that pitch in Natal:

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.

As you might guess, this statement, released by the Associated Press, is already providing plenty of mirth to those circulating it on social media. It also did not sway the disciplinary panel, who stated that the bite was “deliberate, intentional and without provocation.”

Suárez’s attempt to justify his actions on the pitch certainly did not tempt the FIFA to go easy on the forward, particularly considering this was his third offense. He was banned from nine international matches and from all of soccer for four months, and fined $112,000.

Want more? Listen to Eric Wynalda give his perspective on Suárez’s mental state, on the Dan Patrick Show:

  1. jj871 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Delusional.

    • mornelithe - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      Not everyone can or wants to do Donkey shows in Mexico, though.

  2. txbearmeat - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Not long enough. Not a big enough fine. It Should have been the full 2 years from all soccer and it should have included mandatory counseling.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      They did ban him for 24 months…

      But then before the meeting broke up, they told him that each of the 24 months costs $100K.

      He paid for 20 of the months to go away… hence his 4 month ban…

      Tis how FIFA rolls…

  3. drewsylvania - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    **** you.

  4. goldmember21 - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    What a dumb a$$

  5. sportsfan18 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    this dude must be related to Obama…

    • granadafan - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Your comment was just as bad as Suarez’s.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        Snow White, Superman and Pinocchio are walking along. They see a sign. It reads “Contest for the World’s Most Beautiful Woman”. Snow White goes in, comes out smiling and is wearing a crown. They walk along further and see another sign that says “Contest for World’s Strongest Man”. Superman goes in, comes out smiling and is wearing a belt. They walk along further and see a third sign that says “Contest for World’s Greatest Liar”. Pinnocchio goes in and comes out later crying with his head down and asks “Who the hell is Barack Obama?”

      • scoochpooch - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        So good. He’s an Obamanation.

    • manhandler1 - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      You wing nuts are so incredibly tiresome.

  6. witchrunner - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    He should get another 4 months for lying and thinking everyone else is stupid. I played the clip over and over again and the only conclusion is that he did it intentionally. You just don’t trip like that and end up where he did. Of course, he also immediately looked around to see if he’d been caught.

  7. bishopofblunder - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    I certainly can’t argue the fact that Suarez is unbalanced.

    • mazblast - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      I can’t, either–but I’m sure that if Suarez pays enough, he’ll have a bevy of PR flacks and shyster lawyers saying it.

      For the right amount of money,almost everyone would do something. It’s all a question of price.

  8. andreweac - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Mike Tyson lost his balance against Holyfield. He didn’t vote his ear, it was a stage prop. Pity Tyson’s teeth.

  9. manhandler1 - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    I think it was more like because his mind was unstable.

  10. provguard - Jun 28, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    C’mon…dude, pretty much the whole world has seen the tape.

    • scoochpooch - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      He’s from a country, I doubt he even knows that these games are televised.
      His wife must be one dumb (you know what) too.

  11. thfc54 - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    He got a hero’s welcome today from the president of Uruguay, no less. You guys got it all wrong. Suarez and Uruguay are fine, it’s the rest of the civilized world that has a problem. So glad Colombia booted their rear ends out of the WC.

  12. braxtonrob - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    I think I’m more ashamed of his LYING than his childish-compulsive disorder where he bites.

  13. worldforesight - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    This man should join the GOP. He can run for the President’s job. People like him think they can lie and lie and make the lie a truth. While the whole world has watched the video gazillion times and can see his action, he claims it was just a fall. Wow. We truly have created a beautiful world full of lies and liars. Lies win and he will probably be able to convince the majority of his lies. Shame on today’s world.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      If you like your health care plan, you can keep it…

      If you like your doctor, you may keep your doctor…

      What is that about lies again?

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