Luis Suarez’s wife, Sofia Balbi, has said that the Barcelona striker initially lied to him about biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World cup last summer, Eurosport reports.
According to the Uruguayan beauty, she claimed that the former Liverpool ace simply refused to accept that the incident had happened.
“He told me he hadn’t done it. That is what he had in his head and even I began to believe it,” said Sofia.
“But the television and radio spoke only about the bite and after 10 days of us being alone he told me the truth.
“On the day of the game I phoned him and asked what he had done. He responded with ‘what?’ The same had happened in England and I insisted: ‘Again?’ He replied: ‘I haven’t done anything. Are you not happy because Uruguay qualified?’
“I was happy they went through but was also sad because I knew what was coming. I didn’t know exactly what would happen but I knew it wouldn’t be good. Things happen and you pay the price.”
He was subsequently punished for four months following a review of the bite, which became the third suspension of his career for such an infraction.
He then made his big money move from Merseyside to the Nou Camp that summer, and eventually made his way back on to the pitch in time for the first Clasico of the season with Real Madrid in October.
Suarez also spoke about that matter, but admitted that he simply didn’t want to acknowledge what he’d done.
“I didn’t ask for immediate forgiveness as I didn’t want to believe what had happened,” he conceded.
“It took a few days because I didn’t want to believe the reality. I was in Uruguay, having gone there after the World Cup, and people were coming up to my door.
“I appreciated the support but wanted to be supporting my teammates on the pitch. I’d given everything for four years to be there and through my own fault, making one mistake, all that was forgotten.
“How I was treated was a bit cruel. I was treated like a criminal and it hurt.”