“Suarez has been excessively punished” – Chiellini

Chiellini bite June2014Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, has voiced his support for Luis Suarez surprisingly and said the four-month ban imposed on him by FIFA is “excessive”.

Chiellini was the target of the bite incident and blasted Suarez after the game, which the Azzurris lost 1-0, sending them out of the 2014 World Cup.

However, after the world football body announced the punishment for the striker, Chiellini has said that it is a bit too much and Suarez might be left alienated.

“Now inside me there’s no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that’s done,” he said in a statement on his official website.

“There only remain the anger and the disappointment about the match.

“At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period.

“I always thought that official judgements are unquestionable, but on the other hand I believe that Suarez has been excessively punished.

“I sincerely hope that he will be allowed, at least, to stay close to his team mates during the games because such a ban is really alienating for a player.”

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