Uruguay player apologizes for biting opponent at World Cup

Uruguay fans holds up a t-shirt of Luis Suarez ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June 28, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Jamie Squire, Getty Images)
Uruguay fans holds up a t-shirt of Luis Suarez ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June 28, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Jamie Squire, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/30 12:27 pm

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Uruguay's Luis Suarez on Monday issued an apology to Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, for biting him on the shoulder during a World Cup match last week -- and vowed never to do it again.

The striker said in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday that "I deeply regret what occurred," and that "the truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me."

Suarez was banned from playing any soccer for four months after the incident, which occurred during Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy in their group-stage game in Brazil. He had denied wrongdoing in a statement to FIFA, saying he simply collided with Chiellini's shoulder.

Suarez apologized to Chiellini and "the entire football family," and said "I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like (this)."

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