Luis Suarez maintained his innocence after his stamp on Aymen Abdennour in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Valencia. “I trod on him without meaning to.”
The duel between the pair at Mestalla on Saturday came to a head when Suarez trod on Abdennour’s foot off the ball, but the Uruguayan insisted there was no malice on his part and that he apologised to the defender in order to clear up any bad blood.
“I trod on him without meaning to,” he said after the game.
“A similar thing happened to me couple of weeks ago, also unintentionally. These things happen on the pitch.
“The stamp was unintentional and I’ve already apologised [to Abdennour].
“The game leaves a bitter taste because we had the game in our hands, created some very good chances but dropped two points.
“Still, we played well enough and now we must continue working hard to win games.
“Valencia are one of the best teams in the League and have a mix of good players and youngsters who work hard.”
Sergio Busquets also felt Suarez’s stamp was “unintentional”, while technical secretary Robert Fernandez claimed the forward was “provoked” by the former Monaco stopper.