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Bitten Ivanovic declines to press charges

SUAREZ-APOLOGYLONDON, England, April 22 – Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has told police he does not wish to make a complaint after being bitten by Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.

Ivanovic recoiled in agony when Uruguay striker Suarez bit him on the right arm during Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Anfield.

But Suarez apologised to Ivanovic in a phone call on Sunday evening and the Serbia international was quick to play down the incident when asked if he wished to press charges following complaints to Merseyside Police.

Suarez has been fined and will donate the money to the Hillsborough Family Support Group following the Uruguayan’s shocking bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

He sunk his teeth into Ivanovic’s right arm during Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Anfield in the Premier League.

The ugly incident has sparked widespread condemnation of Suarez and both the player and Liverpool were forced to apologise, while Reds manager Brendan Rodgers claimed his star forward’s actions were unacceptable.

Suarez is likely to face a lengthy ban from the Football Association for his actions, but Liverpool have already punished the 26-year-old with a fine, which he will give to the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in a terrace crush before an FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough in 1989.

“Following an incident at the Liverpool v Chelsea game yesterday officers have spoken to Branislav Ivanovic in person,” Merseyside Police said in a statement on Monday.

“He had no apparent physical injuries and did not wish to make a complaint.”

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Suarez has been fined an unspecified amount by Liverpool, with the money to be donated to the Hillsborough Family Support Group

But the Football Association are reviewing the incident and Suarez is likely to be charged later on Monday and could face a lengthy ban.

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