Luis Suarez has defended his recent biting incidents by saying he did not bite like boxing legend Mike Tyson.
The Uruguayan forward received a four-month ban from competitive football for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup and only made his debut for Barcelona last month, appearing for the first time against Real Madrid.
The ban came after a history of biting players, evident during his time with Ajax, Liverpool and his national team, although the striker has defended himself by comparing himself to Mike Tyson, who infamously bit off Evander Holyfield’s ear.
“They treated me like a criminal,” he admitted in his autobiography, which Marca published. “[But] it was my fault.
“It was the third time something like that happened to me and I needed help, although I was an easy target.
“Biting scares a lot of people, but it’s relatively harmless, or at least it was in the incidents I was involved in.
“None of my bites were like Mike Tyson’s on Evander Holyfield, but nobody cares about that.”