Uruguay international Luis Suarez admits he was “in denial” after biting Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder during the 2014 World Cup and needed psychological help.
The incident occurred during a group game, which saw Italy lose 1-0, but it could’ve been very different with VAR, as Suarez got away with his attack on the defender.
“My wife asked me what happened and I told her we simply collided. I did not accept the reality, I was in denial, and that was a big mistake,” confessed Suarez on Fox Sports.
It was not the first time he was caught on camera biting an opponent, but this time it earned him a four-month football ban, including nine international fixtures.
“I turned to psychologists and that really helped me to accept my mistakes and grow. I suffered a great deal during that period, for my wife, my children and my teammates.
“I was treated inhumanely, though. I had signed for Barcelona and they didn’t even give me a presentation to the media. I thought my career was over and I’d have to retire.”