Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has finally offered hope a half-hearted apology to Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini and admission of guilt for a bite that will see the Uruguay marksman spend the next four months away from football, but Reds fans have every right to question the motives behind a statement which has come far too late to be considered genuine.
Suarez committed the third biting offence of his career six days ago in Natal and even in that short of space of time managed to launch a frankly ludicrous defence of his actions, citing a loss of balance and vehemently denying he'd even bitten Chiellini despite clear video evidence to the contrary.
Just over 72 hours after being handed a swift suspension from the World Cup and all football until October and Suarez has already changed tact, which Liverpool fans and the club should take as a sure sign their talisman wants to move and will eat a huge slice of humble pie to secure an £80m move to Barcelona.
Moving on up?
Even at face value a belated Twitter message sent directly to Chilleini looks without foundation, although it stars off in the right tone.
"The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me," the Reds forward begins.
"I deeply regret what occurred. I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family." Still reasonable so far I'm sure you will agree, until the next sentence.
"I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this."
I'm very sorry Suarez, but you are not in a position to make that kind of promise, particularly after making a similar claim shortly after biting Branislav Ivanovic just over 12 months ago.
Failing to toe the party line
Liverpool fans are probably asking why this sudden reversal in attitude from the heavily-criticised star has any effect on their ability to keep a key part of their plans heading into next season, allow me to elaborate.
Suarez used Twitter to send out a direct message, and Liverpool had absolutely no prior knowledge that the latest twist in a regrettable saga was about to unfold.
Surely if the 27-year-old truly had Liverpool at the top of his list of priorities the club would at least be consulted at this stage, particularly as they have been punished by his actions at the World Cup without kicking a ball.
Lure of La Liga
With all due respect to Arsenal and their bungled £40,000,001 bid last summer the chance to play for Barcelona could well prove irresistible, surely at least a linear motive behind this staged attempt to prove that Barcelona, Real Madrid, or any other suitor prepared to pay £80m that they are not taking on a very expensive ticking timebomb.
Suarez's agent Pere Guardiola has strong links in Catalonia and form on this front, paving the way for Arsenal to believe they had a chance of signing his client last summer.
Guardiola is a clever man and must see that Barca's interest is genuine this summer, using social media to make sure Suarez looks a character with redeeming qualities beyond his predatory prowess on the pitch.
Chiellini may have been very quick to forgive his World Cup foe, but I doubt Liverpool fans will feel the same if their star man makes the switch to La Liga by September, a move he clearly wants if its truly on the table.