MONTEVIDEO, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez Monday apologized, sort of, for biting an Italian rival during a Brazil World Cup match and pledged to never let it happen again.
The serial biter, who has been penalized by world soccer body FIFA three times for sinking his teeth into an opponent, posted a lengthy letter on Twitter addressed mainly to his victim Giorgio Chiellini, but also to the football community at large.
Under the heading "My apologies to Chiellini," the controversial footballer wrote he had had time for reflection and now "deeply" regretted the incident, which he characterized as an accident.
"After several days of being home with my family, I have had the opportunity to regain my calm and reflect about the reality of what occurred during the Italy-Uruguay match on 24 June 2014," wrote Suarez.
He added, "the truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me. For this: I deeply regret what occurred, I apologize to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family, I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this."
FIFA's disciplinary committee suspended Suarez from playing in nine national team matches, banned him from any football-related activity for four months, and fined him 112,000 U.S. dollars.
It was thanks to Suarez that the team beat Italy 1-0 in the group phase to qualify for the round of 16. With Suarez banished from the team, Uruguay went on to lose 0-2 to Colombia and was eliminated from the World Cup.