It’s nearly three years now since Luis Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.
For any other player, it would probably go down as their most infamous moment on a football pitch. But for Suarez, it was just another controversial incident to add to the list.
The striker was accused of cheating when he blocked a goalbound header in Uruguay’s 2010 World Cup win over Ghana with his hands.
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And worse incidents were to come.
The Football Association found him guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra in 2011.
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And the striker’s bite on Chiellini’s shoulder wasn’t the first time he sunk his teeth into an opponent; he received a seven-match ban after biting PSV’s Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in 2010, and his bite on Branislav Ivanovic in 2013 saw him hit with a 10-match ban.
Watch: Suarez bites Chiellini
Suarez received another ban after he bit Chiellini in Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy.
He wasn’t allowed to take part in any football-related activities for four months, which included training for his new club Barcelona.
They've since made up
Suarez and Chiellini have since cleared the air. They were pictured swapping shirts after Juventus knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League in April.
Chiellini opens up on Suarez reunion
Chiellini has opened up on his reunion with the former Liverpool striker, although he didn’t give too much away when he was asked what was said.
“When I saw [Suarez] in the Champions League quarter-final I had no problem greeting him," he told France Football, per Marca.
"I was only thinking about the game."
And what did he say?
"Let's just say I was just jealous of his long hair," he replied, jokingly.
What Chiellini said to referee after Suarez's bite
The pair may have moved on from the incident but it remains, and forever will do, one of the most memorable images from the World Cup in Brazil.
Although Chiellini is adamant Suarez should have been sent off - which is exactly what he said to referee Marco Rodriguez - he insists the forward’s four-month suspension was harsh.
"It should have earned him a red card, which is what I said to the referee,” the Juve defender added.
"Afterward I felt no resentfulness towards him. I even thought the suspension he received was a bit much.
"For me, what happened during the game stopped at the final whistle."
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