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Luis Suarez: I don't bite like Mike Tyson

Suarez bites Chiellin's shoulder in Brazil. Credit: PA

Luis Suarez has downplayed his human munching tendencies by comparing his bites to Mike Tyson's on Evander Holyfield.

Former heavyweight boxer Tyson infamously bit off part of Holfyfield's ear during a WBA title fight in 1997.

Suarez returned from a four month ban in October after sinking his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, and had previously been punished for biting opponents while playing for Ajax and Liverpool.

Instead of reiterating his apology for biting a fellow professional, Suarez has once again decided to portrayed himself as the victim in an interview with Marca.

"None of my bites were like Mike Tyson's on Evander Holyfield," he said. "But nobody cares about that."

Meanwhile, the former Liverpool striker has thanked Steven Gerrard for advising him against joining Arsenal from the Reds in 2013.


Balotelli named in Italy squad

Balotelli hasn't produced his best form this season. Credit: PA

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been named in an Italy squad for the first time since the World Cup finals.

The 24-year-old, who left AC Milan for Anfield in the weeks that followed Italy's early return from Brazil, played no part in the first four games of Antonio Conte's reign as Azzurri boss.

Balotelli returns to contention for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia and the subsequent friendly meeting with Albania, while Atletico Madrid's former Torino winger Alessio Cerci is also recalled.

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