THE Mallorquin footballer accused of biting his opponent has protested his innocence as the police confirm he will face an investigation.
Ivan ‘Bote’ Bonnin, 26, who plays for Rotlet-Molinar in the Primera Regional Preferente Mallorca could be charged with assault if found guilty.
The incident occurred during Rotlet’s recent 3-0 triumph over Son Veri.
Bonnin alleges that he did not bite Veri defender Diego Romero and that any wound suffered by his opponent came after he acted in self-defence.
“I joined my coach in a hug to celebrate the victory when Diego suddenly approached,” Bonnin told the press.
“I made the gesture with the three fingers referring to the three goals that we had scored and from that moment the atmosphere escalated.
“He pounced on me to give me a headbutt and hit me in the teeth.
“I did not bite him.”
However, Romero provided a medical report to the police which he claims proves he suffered from a human bite.
Bonnin has responded by filing a complaint with the police, arguing that he was also threatened during the game by several Veri players.
The police are now expected to take statements from the Veri players and witnesses before charging Bonnin or anyone else involved in the incident.
Bonnin revealed that he would accept any associated punishment from his football club or the Spanish football association (RFEF).
“I do not know what will happen but if I have to be sanctioned I will be,” the Rotlet player said.
“However, you have to know how this situation has been reached and why these things happened.
“You can not justify my actions without telling the whole truth.”