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Monday 22 April 2013

Suarez apologises for Ivanovic incident

Forward fined by Liverpool for incident during thrilling 2-2 with Chelsea at Anfield

Liverpool's Luis Suarez scored deep into injury time to rescue a 2-2 draw against Chelsea

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has issued an apology for a clash with Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Sunday's Barclays Premier League match at Anfield.

Suarez and Ivanovic came together in the second half of the contest, which ended 2-2, with the Reds forward appearing to bite the arm of the Serb.

On Monday morning, Suarez revealed on Twitter that he had been fined by the club.

"His behaviour is not befitting of any player wearing a Liverpool shirt"
Liverpool's Ian Ayre

"For my unacceptable behaviour yesterday the club has fined me today," the 26-year-old wrote. "I have asked the club to donate the money to the Hillsborough Family Support Group for the inconvenience I have created to the Liverpool fans and to Ivanovic."

Suarez wrote on Sunday night that he had personally apologised to Ivanovic for the incident.

He tweeted: "I've spoken to Ivanovic on the phone and I could apologise directly to him. Thanks for accepting."

Earlier, he said in a statement: "I am deeply sorry for my inexcusable behaviour earlier today during our match against Chelsea. I apologise also to my manager, playing colleagues and everyone at Liverpool Football Club for letting them down."

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre added: "Luis has made an unreserved apology for his actions.

"His behaviour is not befitting of any player wearing a Liverpool shirt and Luis is aware that he has let himself and everyone associated with the club down. We will deal with the matter internally and await any action from the FA."

Manager Brendan Rodgers said Suarez’s behaviour was "unacceptable", adding: "I have made him aware of this."

Suarez scored with an injury-time header to earn a draw that puts Liverpool five points behind sixth-placed Everton. Their next match is away to Newcastle United on Saturday.

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Key Points

  • Luis Suarez apologises for clash with Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic
  • Incident occurred during Sunday's draw at Anfield
  • Suarez reveals that he has been fined by Liverpool