Luis Suarez has taken to Twitter to apologise to Branislav Ivanovic for biting him during today’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Anfield. This is the second time he has been caught on camera biting an opponent during a game. Just over two years ago he was banned for seven matches when, as an Ajax player, he did the same to Otman Bakkal, although then it was a shoulder that took his fancy, rather than an arm.
If the FA are to follow suit, Suarez won’t play again this season and if transfer rumours are to believed, he will have played his last game for Liverpool.
“I’m sad for what happened this afternoon, I apologize Ivanovic and all football world for my inexcusable behaviour. I’m so sorry about it!!”
After the game, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers conceded he would have to talk to the owners before deciding his next move on how to handle Suarez.
“I hear all sorts of what has supposedly happened but I’ll go away, review it and comment later,” he said. “We’ll go away and speak to them (owners Fenway Sports Group) afterwards and take it from there. This is a club with incredible values and ethics here. As footballers, managers and staff we are representing this great club on and off the field. I will always speak openly and honestly about the players and protect them when I can and if I think they are wrong I will tell them – as I have already happened this season with Luis (when the striker admitted to diving). People have to accept it when they do wrong if that’s what the case is. They have to accept the consequences accordingly. It’s disappointing that we are not talking about the football.”
The club have since released an official statement to condemn their player’s behaviour.
The club’s managing directory Ian Ayre commented: “Luis has made an unreserved apology for his actions today. His behaviour is not befitting of any player wearing a Liverpool shirt and Luis is aware that he has let himself and everyone associated with the club down. We will deal with the matter internally and await any action from the FA.”
Suarez also added to the apology he made on Twitter.
“I am deeply sorry for my inexcusable behaviour earlier today during our match against Chelsea,” Suarez said. “I have issued an apology and have tried to contact Branislav Ivanović to speak to him personally. I apologise also to my manager, playing colleagues and everyone at Liverpool Football Club for letting them down.”
Suarez is currently under investigation by FIFA for punching an opponent when representing Uruguay in the most recent international break.