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On April 21, 2013, then-Liverpool forward Luis Suarez did something shocking as he bit Branislav Ivanovic in the arm and was not even cautioned by referee Kevin Friend.
The incident didn’t look spot on when shown on live TV, but TV replays showed the Uruguayan biting Ivanovic in the arm.
Suarez received a 10-game ban for the incident, and amazingly his teammate Jamie Carragher has now revealed that Suarez denied his action initially when asked by his Liverpool teammates.
“When he came in the dressing room – I think we were starting to get things going on and things get said to us about stuff that had gone on – Luis actually denied it at first!” Carragher said on Sky Sports (h/t Metro). “Maybe he hoped the cameras hadn’t picked it up.
“But I actually think that it had a massive effect on Liverpool next season. I think Suarez then got a seven or eight-game ban and I think he missed the first four or five games of the following season.
“That was the season Liverpool almost won the title, Suarez was the best player in the league. But there were two games Liverpool dropped points in, I think it was at home to Southampton they lost 1-0 and they drew away at Swansea, so there were five points dropped in the first few games and Luis Suarez didn’t play.
“And the form he was in that season, you’d have to say there was a good chance that you think he would have turned one of those games. So that act and the ban that he got actually affected Liverpool much more the next season. There wasn’t too much riding on [the previous] season.
“I’ve played alongside him and at that time you come out and defend your players. You know it’s wrong, of course, you do, but you come out and you defend your player and you try to stick together as a club and support him.”