Mike Tyson backs Luis Suarez: 'He bit someone, it happens'

Liverpool striker bit the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic at the weekend

Mike Tyson has played down Luis Suarez's bite on Branislav Ivanovic, claiming “it happens” and that he expects the Liverpool striker to make amends with the Chelsea defender.

Former world heavy-weight champion Tyson is perhaps the most famous sportsman to have bit an opponent after he took a chunk of Evander Holyfield ear between his teeth before spitting it onto the canvas in their 1997 WBA title fight.

The Americans have since settled their differences and Tyson is confident Suarez and Ivanovic will do the same.

He told the David Glenn radio show in America: "He (Suarez) bit someone, it happens. I am sure he will make amends with this guy.

"I made amends with Evander and we got on with our lives."

Tyson started to follow Suarez on Twitter when he heard of the weekend incident.

He added: "I saw this guy (Suarez) on the Twitter thing and thought I would check it out and see what his journey was all about."

Suarez, who has been fined by Liverpool, called Ivanovic late on Sunday to apologise for his actions. The Uruguayan has also been charged by the FA and can expect a lengthy ban for his actions.