Luis Suarez, despite being sent home from the World Cup for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, was hailed as a conquering hero in Uruguay, unjustly done in by a biased FIFA and, somehow, the English media. But now Suarez has sort-of owned up in his first public statement since the incident, apologizing to Chiellini for his having "suffered the physical result of a bite."
Suarez posted the following apology to his Facebook and Twitter. Note the oddly passive language. Whether that's deliberate wording or a function of translation from Spanish is an open question.
My apologies to Chiellini: pic.twitter.com/CvfkkjxzlM
— Luis Suarez (@luis16suarez) June 30, 2014
Suarez received a nine-match ban from international competition, and a four-month ban from all soccer-related activity. But he already has forgiveness:
.@luis16suarez It's all forgotten. I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension.
— Giorgio Chiellini (@chiellini) June 30, 2014