World Cup villain and notorious biter Luis Suarez will not go
dental gentle into that good night after receiving a four-month ban from FIFA. Uruguay is appealing Suarez's suspension on the grounds that he totally didn't mean to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.
Here was Suarez's explanation on Wednesday, which was recently made available to the Associated Press:
"In no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite. After the impact ... I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth."
The FIFA committee didn't initially bite on Suarez's first defense and banned him for nine games, four months, and fined him about $100,000. It was the longest ban in 20 years.
Uruguay's national federation notified FIFA late Friday that they will appeal the ban. The team will face Colombia later today in the first set of the World Cup's knockout round matches.
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