Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has slammed FIFA's handling of his bite on Giorgio Chiellini at last year's World Cup, comparing his treatment to that of a hooligan.
The Uruguayan was banned from any football-related activities for four months after he bit the defender during his country's 1-0 victory over Italy in the group stage at last summer's finals in Brazil.
His suspension was promptly reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and returned to the pitch for both club and country last October, but Suarez remains frustrated with FIFA's initial verdict.
“A suspension is one thing, but I wasn't even able to train at the start [of the ban]. I was being treated worse than if I were a hooligan,” he told Kicker.
“During my [summer] holidays, I was even afraid of going to see my nephews play in Uruguay at youth level .
“As punishment, I couldn't step onto a football pitch, [a decision] which I still don't understand to this day.”