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The Liverpool forward is grateful for the support sent his way after a four-month global football suspension for sinking his teeth into Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini

Luis Suarez has thanked fans for the support that he has received following his four-month global ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

The Uruguayan was issued with a nine-match international suspension by Fifa as well as a ban on "football-related activity" for the incident in his side's final game in World Cup Group D.

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"Hi all, I write this post to give thanks to the outpouring of support and love I am receiving," Suarez posted on his official Twitter and Facebook pages on Saturday.

"Both myself and my family really appreciate it. Thank you very much for being by my side and I want you all today to support my fellow team-mates for the match against Colombia."

Though national coach Oscar Tabarez admitting that Suarez "should be punished" on Friday, the forward claimed to Fifa that he had not bit or intended to bite Chiellini, arguing: "I hit my face against the player, leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth."

Uruguay have signalled their intention to appeal the verdict, with Fifa's head of media, Delia Fischer, telling the press: "We have received a declaration that they are planning to appeal. They informed us of their intention to appeal [on Friday] evening.

"The reasons for the appeal must now be given in writing within a deadline of seven days after the three days has expired."

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