On this day: Ivanovic 'forgives' Suarez and board infighting at Arsenal

Luis Suarez Bite

On the 1st May 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 1st May 2014, but a year earlier.

What were the main tales from that day? What big events were happening in Premier League football?

Here are some of the big scoops from the 1st May 2013…

'I forgive him...'

Branislav Ivanovic was talking about the incident which had seen Luis Suarez suspended for ten games.

The Uruguayan striker sunk his teeth into the Serbian defender in a game between Chelsea and Liverpool - a game in which Suarez scored a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw.

But it was his bite that dominated the head-lines and talking to media in his native Serbia Ivanovic revealed something surprising about the incident.

He forgave Suarez:

“When it happened I was really surprised and, of course, in shock. But, when the match it ended, it all cooled down. I almost forgot about everything. When it happened I was really surprised and, of course, in shock. But I forgive him…The next day we talked on the phone and I accepted his apology.”

Go to United

Former Newcastle United striker Faustino Asprilla was calling on his countryman Radamel Falcao to join Manchester United in the summer from Atletico Madrid.

The striker was being linked with several big moves that summer - but Asprilla said he told him to head to Old Trafford:

“We were talking and he asked me my opinion on who he should join. He knows that every big club in the world wants him…I told him he must choose Manchester United. Every season they are challenging - and if he wants success that is where I have told him to go.”

Of course Falcao made the decision to join AS Monaco instead.

Billionaire bickering

The boardroom fighting at The Emirates continued - with Alisher Usmanov taking a swipe at majority shareholder Stan Kroenke once again.

The Uzbek billionaire stated:

“In our understanding, Kroenke has no plans to sell his stake, but we also won’t sell out, as we are the team’s fans.”

The two shareholders had been going at it hammer and tong in recent months - and the pair’s relationship is not said to be any better today.

Although they seem to keep their bickering behind closed doors these days.

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