Thursday May 21 2020
Chiellini: 'Admired Suarez for his bite'

Giorgio Chiellini wrote about Uruguay international Luis Suarez biting him on the shoulder. ‘I admire him. I too am a son of a b***h on the field and proud of it.’

The Juventus and Italy defender releases his autobiography this month and covers numerous subjects throughout his career, including the infamous bite during the 2014 World Cup.

“The truth is, I admire his mischief, because if Suarez were to lose that, he would become an average player,” wrote Chiellini.

“Nothing strange happened that day in the 2014 World Cup. I marked Edinson Cavani for most of the game, another complicated guy to keep up with, and we held nothing back.

“Suddenly, I realised I’d been bitten on the shoulder. It happened, that’s all there is to it, but that is his strategy when fighting with body-to-body contact and, if I may say, it’s mine too.

“Suarez and I are similar and I like facing strikers like him. I called him a couple of days after the game, but he had no need to apologise to me. I too am a son of a b***h on the field and proud of it.

“Mischief and a little bit of malice are part of the game, I wouldn’t call that cheating. You need to be intelligent to overcome your rival.”