Report: Suarez bite was exaggerated by Chiellini

A FIFA official has claimed that Giorgio Chiellini made more of the bite that saw Luis Suarez pick up a nine-game international ban.

Giorgio Chiellini may have been guilty of exaggerating the damage done by Luis Suarez’ infamous bite at the 2014 World Cup, according to fresh revelations from Fox Desportes.

The Uruguay striker picked up a nine-game international ban after video replays showed the South American seemingly sinking his teeth into the Italian defender’s shoulder.

However, a report carried by Fox Desportes is now claiming that Chiellini may have exaggerated Suarez’s actions in a bid to get the former Liverpool man sent off.

FIFA’s Vice President of appeals, Fernando Mitjans has gone on the record with these claims, citing a private meeting with the Juventus defender in which he admitted what he had done.

According to Mitjans:

"Suarez case was legal madness. They took into account things he did in Holland, in England, and in Brazil."

"Chiellini told us: it was nothing, it was like a kiss I give my girlfriend. I exaggerated to get Suarez sent off."

The Italian is also reported to have included a photo of his girlfriend as further proof of Suarez’s relative innocence.

Despite this, the Uruguayan’s previous misdemeanours proved too damaging to argue against.

During his time in Holland, Suarez was captured on camera biting opposition player Otman Bakkal, while he was guilty of a similar incident while in England with Liverpool - with Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic on the receiving end of a similar bite.

These quotes could yet prompt action from the Uruguayan Football Association or Suarez’s club side Barcelona.

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