Published Monday, 30 June 2014
Luis Suárez of Uruguay bit Giorgio Chiellini of Italy during a game. (© Getty)
The controversial player bit his opponent during their World Cup clash last week.
Uruguay won 1-nil over Italy to secure their place in the next round of the competition at their opponents' expense.
And Suárez continued to protest his innocence, claiming in the wake of the incident that he had actually hurt his teeth during an accidental collision with Chiellini's shoulder.
However, he has been sanctioned by FIFA - with a disciplinary committee handing down a nine-game international ban and a four-month ban from all football-related activity.
Claudio Sulser, the chairman of FIFA's disciplinary committee, said: "Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch and, in particular, not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field."
On Monday, Suárez posted an open letter to the Italian star on Twitter.
In it, he said that he had since had the opportunity to "reflect" on what had happened.
"The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me," he added.
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