Altidore on biting incident: ‘My girl’s mad at me’

Date published: Thursday 20th July 2017 9:55 - Matthew Stead

Jozy Altidore has joked that his partner is “mad” at him after he was at the centre of a biting incident during a Gold Cup victory for the United States.

USA beat El Salvador 2-0 in the Gold Cup quarter-final on Wednesday, with Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj the goalscorers.

The match hit the headlines for the wrong reasons however, after El Salvador defender Henry Romero was seen biting opposition players and twisting their nipples. That is a sentence.

After the game, former Sunderland striker Altidore spoke to the press.

“My girl’s mad at me,” he joked. “She’s mad at me and she’s mad at Romero. She’s like ‘Only I can bite you. Only I can grab your nipples.’

“It’s never happened to me before, but CONCACAF never ceases to amaze me.”

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard added a touch of humour to proceedings.

“I’m sure CONCACAF will uh, will uh, I don’t know,” he said. “I’m sure they will do what they’re supposed to do.

“You can’t go around biting people. That’s crazy. [The nipple twisting] should be allowed, but the biting is no good.

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