On this day in 2013: Luis Suarez bites Branislav Ivanovic during the clash at Anfield

On this day in 2013, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was criticized after biting Branislav Ivanovic on the arm in a 2-2 draw against Chelsea.

The Uruguay international was at the center of some key moments of the match during an eventful afternoon at Anfield.

Suarez conceded a penalty in the second half for handling the ball in the penalty area and Eden Hazard converted from the penalty spot.

Stoppage time was packed with drama as the Liverpool forward sunk his teeth into Ivanovic’s arm, but no action was taken by referee Kevin Friend, who missed the incident, and Suarez then rescued a point for the Reds with an equalizer in the closing stages . the last minute of extra time.

The forward apologized to Ivanovic on Twitter and through a statement on Liverpool’s website, saying: “I am deeply sorry for my inexcusable behavior earlier today during our match against Chelsea.

“I have apologized and tried to contact Branislav Ivanovic to speak to him personally. I also apologize to my manager, my colleagues and everyone at Liverpool for letting them down.”

Three days after the match against Chelsea, Suarez was handed a 10-match ban for the bite, after pleading guilty to a charge of assault.

It wasn’t the first time Suarez had caused controversy at the club; he was suspended for eight games last season after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra.

He also had a history of biting at former club Ajax, where he bit PSV midfielder Otman Bakkal and was given a seven-match ban.

Suarez would commit another offense while on international duty for Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup, where he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in their group stage match.

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