Luis Suarez has issued an apology to Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini for biting him during a World Cup match and vowed never to do it again.
The Uruguay striker says in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday that "I deeply regret what occurred," and that "the truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me."
Suarez was banned from all football for four months after the incident, which occurred during Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy in their group-stage game in Brazil. He had denied wrongdoing in a statement to FIFA, saying he simply collided with Chiellini's shoulder.
Suarez apologized to Chiellini and "the entire football family," and said "I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like (this)."
Chiellini responded on Twitter, forgiving Suarez. "It's all forgotten," Chiellini wrote. "I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension."
It's the third time that Suarez has been punished for biting an opponent. Twice before — in 2010 and in 2013 — Suarez was caught biting an opponent in club matches in Europe. This is the first time Suarez has been suspended for biting an opponent in international play.
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My apologies to Chiellini: pic.twitter.com/CvfkkjxzlM— Luis Suarez (@luis16suarez) June 30, 2014
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.@luis16suarez It's all forgotten. I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension.— Giorgio Chiellini (@chiellini) June 30, 2014