Former Liverpool star Luis Suarez has defended his controversial bites on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, insisting neither incident was his fault.
The Uruguayan international, who received a lengthy ban from FIFA for his bite on Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup, has also gained a reputation for being a difficult character after an almost identical attack on Ivanovic around a year earlier.
Showing little sign of having learned his lesson from these incidents, the 28-year-old is now quoted in The Sun as saying he was provoked both times and that he has been harshly treated by FIFA with their punishments.
Speaking about how the incident was handled, Suarez said: “My bite on Chiellini was the worst moment of my career. I cheated myself, my country, my wife and my children.
“The bites were only partly my fault, however, as I was partly provoked by Branislav Ivanovic and Chiellini.
“Even now it still hurts, but I’ve become stronger for it.
“Someone who stabs another fan or a hooligan is treated no worse than me. I tried to tell Fifa that I didn’t kill anyone.”
The ex-Reds front-man also cast some doubt over his long-term future at Barcelona, hinting he may not be at the club for too long as he plans to return to his old sides Ajax and Nacional, though there was no mention of another spell at Anfield.
He added: “It’s hard for me to finish my career at Barca. I previously said that I’d end up going back to Ajax and Nacional.”