Venezuelan president weighs in on Suarez bite row

Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro has said Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez had been unfairly punished for helping eliminate Italy and England. Suarez claimed that he did not deliberately bite Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.

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Suarez claims he did not deliberately bite Chiellini

Luis Suarez said he did not deliberately bite Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, according to the Associated Press.

Luis Suarez (R) claims he did not deliberately bite Giorgio Chiellini (C). Credit: Paolo Aguilar/EFE

In paragraph six of Fifa's ruling on the Liverpool striker, which has been seen by the news agency, Suarez wrote: "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."

Suarez has been banned from football for four months after Fifa ruled his bite was "deliberate, intentional and without provocation."

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