Giorgio Chiellini wrote spiritedly about Luis Suarez biting him on the shoulder in his autobiography.
“Suarez and I are similar and I like facing strikers like him. I called him a couple of days after the game, but he had no need to apologise to me. I too am a son of a b***h on the field and proud of it,” wrote Chiellini.
The Juventus and Italy defender released his autobiography this month and covered a number of subjects throughout his career, including the infamous bite by the Uruguay international during the 2014 World Cup say Football Italia.
He describes the events leading up to the bite, “Nothing strange happened that day in the 2014 World Cup. I marked Edinson Cavani for most of the game, another complicated guy to keep up with, and we held nothing back.
“Suddenly, I realised I’d been bitten on the shoulder. It happened, that’s all there is to it, but that is his strategy when fighting with body-to-body contact and, if I may say, it’s mine too.
“The truth is, I admire his mischief because if Suarez were to lose that, he would become an average player,” he went on. “Mischief and a little bit of malice are part of the game, I wouldn’t call that cheating. You need to be intelligent to overcome your rival.”