Controversial soccer star Luis Suárez, who plays for Uruguay has issued a formal apology (finally), through his Facebook and Twitter accounts today. Suárez, whose nickname is appropriately, “The Cannibal”, was found guilty of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the final game of group play when Uruguay beat Italy 1-0.

 

 

 

FIFA banned Suárez for four months, including 9 international games, any activity with his club team Liverpool, and a ban on entering all stadiums affiliated with soccer. Chiellini, who thought the ban was excessive, retweeted Suarez’s apology today.

 

 

 

On Saturday, Suárez’s official statement to FIFA during the investigation was released. In the statement he claims he “lost his balance” and that he “fell on top” of Chiellini with his mouth open.

“In no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite,” Suárez wrote in his statement on June 25th.

Apparently Suárez has changed his tune with his released statement today.  But, whether or not his apology is sincere, will be left up to the court of public opinion. We do know that the “Bite Heard Round The World” not only cost Suárez numerous endorsement deals after sponsors who backed Suárez terminated their contracts following the incident, but it cost his team and country as well. Uruguay lost to Colombia 2-0 on Saturday and was eliminated from the World Cup.

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If you have been living under a rock for the past week, the video of the bite is below. Tell us what you think: