‘I fell and hit face on Chiellini’s shoulder’, says Suarez

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Luis Suarez is not without his apologists and defenders after the biting incident with Giorgio Chiellini on Tuesday which landed him a nine international match and four-month footballing ban.

The Uruguayan has made his case for the defence, however, claiming that he did not intentionally bite the Italy defender.

No, he has told FIFA’s disciplinary panel that he, in fact, lost his balance and fell into Chiellini.

Here's the full statement PDF in Spanish, courtesy of AS

And here’s some of his statement, dated June 25 (the day after the match) in English:

"In no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite. After the impact I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. I hit my face against the player… leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth."

Here is a Vine of the incident:

Here’s part of that statement again:

"In no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite… I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent.”

Here is a GIF file of the incident – click here

Hmm… that’s an awfully prolonged ‘impact’ as he ‘smacks into’ the Italian’s shoulder.

Here’s what Suarez told reporters immediately after the game:

"These are just things that happen out on the pitch. It was just the two of us inside the area and he bumped into me with his shoulder and that's how my eye got like this as well.”

Here’s that Vine again:

Here’s that Suarez statement to FIFA again:

"In no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite. After the impact I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. I hit my face against the player… leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth."

If this blog strikes you as somewhat repetitive, I apologise.

It just felt right to constantly contrast the footage with his words, to really hammer home just how amazing that statement is.

Jim White, Tom Adams and countless other experts both on Eurosport and every other media outlet have pointed out just how ridiculous the staunch defending by Uruguay of their meal ticket has been since Tuesday.

[Jim White: Only Liverpool can make Suarez see error of his ways]
[Tom Adams: Institutional backing the reason Suarez keeps offending]

Apparently, the media are just all biased.

Maybe I should paste that statement and those clips one more time.

"At no time did the player show any kind of remorse or admit to any violation of FIFA rules and therefore showed no awareness of having committed any infraction," a FIFA document said, according to Estado de Sao Paulo, one of Brazil's leading newspapers.

"The minimum punishment was not sufficient to have the necessary dissuasive effect," Estado quoted the documents as saying. "Previous bans did not have an effect."

Now I'm left wondering if the huge ban was, in fact, not for the bite itself but for the sheer audacity of Suarez's statement, when put up against the evidence.

Liam Happe | Follow on Twitter @liamhappe

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