In 2014, Italy and Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini became Luis Suarez's third bite victim, an incident he has discussed in his newly released autobiography.
After clashing in a 2014 FIFA World Cup group stage match, Chiellini and Suarez both hit the floor, with the Italian appearing to be in pain as he held his shoulder, and the Uruguayan clutching his mouth.
While Suarez's bite went unpunished in the game, he was later banned for four months by world football's governing body, and while Chiellini has previously insisted he does not hold anything against the FC Barcelona forward, he has now admitted in his new book that he admires the ex-Liverpool man for his desire to win.
"Malice is part of football, I wouldn't call it illegitimate. To get past a rival, you have to be smart," he is quoted as saying in his autobiography Io, Giorgio, according to the Daily Mail.
"I admire his cunning. If he lost it, he'd become an ordinary forward.
"I marked (Edinson) Cavani for most of the match, another guy who is difficult to mark, and who we didn't hold back against.
"Suddenly I noticed that I had been bitten in the shoulder. It just happened, but that's his strategy in hand-to-hand combat and, if I may say so, it's mine too.
"He and I are alike, and I like to take on attackers like him."
Uruguay advanced to the round of 16 at the tournament after beating Italy 1-0, but Suarez was unavailable for the fixture due to suspension.
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