Barcelona praise Suarez for Chiellini apology

The Uruguayan forward has been heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou, though the Catalan outfit deny forcing the Liverpool striker into apologising for his actions
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta was coy over reports linking Luis Suarez with a move to the Catalan giants, though he does feel the Uruguayan's apology was an important step in his recovery.

Suarez issued an apology on Monday after being hit with a four-month ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup Group D clash last week.

The Uruguay striker's decision to issue an apology led to talk that he was told to show remorse by Barca in order to open the door to a move to Camp Nou.

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Zubizarreta believes Suarez should take credit for admitting his actions were wrong, but denied that the Amalfitano had instigated it.

He said at a press conference: "From my point of view Luis Suarez is not something to be analysed in connection with FC Barcelona. We always try to be as respectful as we can to other clubs, as I expect other clubs to be respectful towards us.

"I think we know about the circumstances that happened in the World Cup and he's had the character and humility to first recognise that he made a mistake.

"I think that's very important. He had the honour to come out and apologise to the people who had been hurt by his actions; the opposition and also football in general in the middle of a world football festival.

"Now it's time for him to begin his recovery process. I think Luis Suarez did the best thing as a person and I also think as a footballer. What path he now takes, whether he stays at Liverpool or goes somewhere else, we will see

"But at the moment he's a Liverpool player that's the reality. I have to say the statement does him a lot of honour."