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Bite was not deliberate, Suarez told Fifa

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Rio de Janeiro - Luis Suarez claimed to Fifa's disciplinary panel that he did not deliberately bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

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NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 24: Luis Suarez of Uruguay reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

The Uruguay striker writes in Spanish that “in no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite.”

The player's defense is in paragraph 6 of Fifa's ruling, which has been seen by The Associated Press.

Suarez says “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 writes.

The seven-man panel writes that the bite was “deliberate, intentional and without provocation.”

Suarez was banned for nine Uruguay matches and four months from all football. - Sapa-AP

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