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Luis Suárez undergoing therapy to cure biting problem

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Uruguay and Barcelona forward Luis Suárez has admitted he is seeing a therapist to end his habit of biting opponents.

The 27-year-old was handed a four-month ban in June for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil.

He had previously been banned for biting Chelsea player Branislav Ivanović last year and Otman Bakkal of PSV Eindhoven in 2010.

Suárez put each incident down to a momentary loss of control but added that he quickly realised what he was doing and pulled away.

"Yes, it is like an impulse, like a reaction," Suárez told The Guardian. "Almost as if you realise straight away."

Repeating the offence made people question Suárez's mental health and the former Liverpool star revealed that he had sought professional assistance to overcoming the issue.

He added: "I think all the bad things I have been through are in the past. I believe I am on the right path now, dealing with the people who can help me, the right kind of people.

"Everyone has different ways of defending themselves. In my case, the pressure and tension came out in that way.

"There are other players who react by breaking someone's leg, or smashing someone's nose across their face. What happened with Chiellini is seen as worse. I understand why biting is seen so badly."


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