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Ex-teammate reveals Suarez denied biting Ivanovic at first

Branislav Ivanovic, Luis Suarez, Liverpool v Chelsea
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Jamie Carragher reveals Luis Suarez tried to rebuff claims he bit Branislav Ivanovic upon returning to the dressing room after the match.

Luis Suarez stirred up controversy when he sunk his teeth into the arms of defender Branislav Ivanovic during the match between Liverpool and Chelsea back in 2013.

This was the second time the Uruguayan had executed his infamous act, having previously bitten Otman Bakkal during his time at Ajax.

The FA charged Suarez with violent conduct and handed him a 10-match suspension, along with a substantial fine.

Suarez’s ban was carried onto the next season, which is one of the reasons why Liverpool missed out on the title by just two points to Manchester City in the 2013/14 campaign.

But instead of owning up to his mistakes, Jamie Carragher says the now FC Barcelona striker tried to play dumb at first.

“When he came in the dressing room, Luis Suarez actually denied it at first, probably hoping the cameras hadn’t picked it up!” Carragher told Sky Sports [via Liverpool Echo].

“I think it had a massive effect on Liverpool next season because Suarez got a seven, eight-game ban.

“He gets frustrated, I’ve played alongside him. You know it’s wrong but you come out and defend your player and try to stick together as a club and support him. I think it affected him at the time.”