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Soccer: Liverpool's Suarez bites opponent's arm, apologizes

Published April 21, 2013 2:48 pm

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Liverpool, England • In the latest chapter of Luis Suarez's controversial career, the Uruguayan bit the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Liverpool's 2-2 draw Sunday in the Premier League and apologized a few hours later.

Suarez, who served a seven-game suspension for a bite during a Dutch league match in 2010, was foiled by Ivanovic as he attempted to kick the ball between the center back's legs in the penalty area. As the ball rebounded toward the edge of the area, Suarez turned to his opponent, and television images clearly showed him biting into Ivanovic's jersey at the top of the right arm. Ivanovic shrugged off Suarez and immediately complained to referee Kevin Friend.

"I'm sad for what happened this afternoon," Suarez wrote on his Twitter account. "I apologize [to] Ivanovic and all football world for my inexcusable behaviour. I'm so sorry about it!!"