Serb is now prepared to let the matter rest.
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic says that he has accepted Luis Suarez’s apology for biting him on the upper arm at Anfield in the Premier League last month.
The Uruguay international was hit by a whopping ten-game ban by The Football Association for his actions, four of which the front man will serve this season, while the remaining six matches will carry over into the following campaign, meaning that the 26-year-old will not now be seen in a Liverpool shirt until at least mid September at the earliest.
However, Chelsea’s Serbian right back says that the long ban which the governing body of English football handed out to the Reds attacker was the correct punishment, and that Suarez himself can have few complaints about the severity of the sentence.
Suarez had already been banned for seven matches while playing for Ajax when he also bit PSV Eindhoven midfield player Otman Bakkal two years ago.
“When it happened I was surprised and angry,” Ivanovic told Serbian newspaper Vecernje Novosti. “But after the game I calmed down, and all was forgotten. We spoke on the phone, I accepted the apology, the police did not press charges.
“It was a really strange situation. Overnight I was everywhere because of what happened even though I was only a minor character [in the story]. For the first time in the news everything was about Ivanovic.”
“They took into account his past excesses and previous punishments. They added everything up and reached seven games, plus the three he would have had for being sent off.”