Luis Suarez admits he is getting help to stop biting opponents

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has been punished for biting an opponent on three separate occasions

Luis Suarez says he is getting help in order to control his "impulse" to bite.

The striker, 27, who will make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid on Saturday, was banned for four months for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

Admitting he had a problem, Suarez told the Guardian Weekend magazine: "It is like an impulse, like a reaction.

"I believe I am on the right path now, dealing with the people who can help me, the right kind of people."

Suarez's attack on Chiellini was the third time the Uruguayan had bitten an opponent.

Luis Suarez controversies
June 2014Banned for four months from any football-related activity, plus nine international matches, for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini
April 2013Apologises for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and receives a 10-game ban
Dec 2011Given eight-match suspension and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra
Nov 2010Given seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal on the shoulder while playing for Ajax
July 2010Handles on the line to deny Ghana a winner in the last minute of extra-time in the World Cup quarter-finals. Asamoah Gyan misses the resulting penalty and Uruguay win the shootout to reach the semi-finals

He had previously done the same to PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in 2010, and Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic when he was a Liverpool player in 2013.

"Everyone has different ways of defending themselves. In my case, the pressure and tension came out in that way," he added.

"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."

Luis Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini
Uruguay's 1-0 victory over Italy at the World Cup in June, when he bit defender Giorgio Chiellini, is the last time Suarez played a competitive game of football

Suarez, however, remains unrepentant about his clash with Manchester United's Patrice Evra in October 2011, when he was found guilty of racial abuse, banned for eight matches and fined £40,000.

"I know I was wrong with the biting but I was accused of racism without any proof," Suarez said.

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