The Luis Suárez saga has taken on an even more farcical turn with the release of the striker's defence of his conduct during the match between Uruguay and Italy on Tuesday. Where most of the world (including FIFA), saw Suárez lunge at and bite Azzurri defender Giorgio Chiellini, Suarez maintains that the incident was not his fault.
According to a translation from the Associated Press, Suárez's defence is as follows:
In no way [did] it happen how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite. After the impact ... I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth.