ANFIELD — Liverpool striker Luis Suarez on Sunday apologised for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during the sides’ 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield.
The incident occurred mid-way through the second half, with Liverpool trailing 2-1 following a tussle in the penalty area.
“I’m sad for what happened this afternoon, I apologise (to) Ivanovic and all (the) football world for my inexcusable behaviour. I’m so sorry about it!!,” the controversial Uruguayan said on his Twitter account.
“I apologise also to my manager, playing colleagues and everyone at Liverpool Football Club for letting them down,” he added.
Referee Kevin Friend did not appear to see the incident and took no action, despite Ivanovic attempting to show him the bite-marks on his arm.
Suarez had earlier been booked for a handball that gifted Chelsea the penalty from which Eden Hazard put the visitors 2-1 up, but he finished the game by heading in a dramatic equaliser in the seventh minute of injury time.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre commented: “Luis has made an unreserved apology for his actions today.
“His behaviour is not befitting of any player wearing a Liverpool shirt and Luis is aware that he has let himself and everyone associated with the club down. We will deal with the matter internally and await any action from the FA.”
Reds coach Brendan Rodgers said on the club website: “Having reviewed the video footage and spoken to Luis, his behaviour is
unacceptable and I have made him aware of this.”
Chelsea interim head coach Rafael Benitez, the former Liverpool manager, said he did not see the incident.