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Luis Suarez has admitted he is seeing a therapist to overcome his issues with biting.
The Barcelona striker – who is set to make his debut for the Catalan giants against rivals Real Madrid on Saturday – revealed that he had sought professional help following his four-month ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match this summer.
‘I think all the bad things I have been through are in the past,’ Suarez said.
‘I believe I am on the right path now, dealing with the people who can help me, the right kind of people.
‘Everyone has different ways of defending themselves. In my case, the pressure and tension came out in that way.’
‘There are other players who react by breaking someone’s leg, or smashing someone’s nose across their face. What happened with Chiellini is seen as worse. I understand why biting is seen so badly.’
Suarez’s bite on Chiellini was the third time the Uruguayan has reacted to an opponent in that manner – with the 27-year-old having previously been banned for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal in 2010 and Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last year.
When asked about those incidents, Suarez said: ‘Yes, it is like an impulse, like a reaction.
‘Almost as if you realise straight away.’