Giorgio Chiellini has claimed Luis Suarez's ban for biting him during Uruguay's World Cup win over Italy is "excessive" and "alienating for a player".
On Thursday Fifa announced their decision to ban the Liverpool striker from all football for four months and handed him a nine-match international ban.
Chiellini was furious with the Uruguay forward after the game which saw the Azzurri eliminated from the World Cup at the group stage and slammed referee Marco Rodriguez for not even taking action against Suarez.
"He bit me, it's clear, I still have the mark. The referee should have blown his whistle and given him a red card, also because he was simulating," the Juventus centre-back said following his side's 1-0 defeat on Tuesday.
But in his reaction to Fifa's sanction the Italian star claims their actions are excessive and has sent Suarez a message of support during what he expects to be a "very difficult period".
"Now inside me there's no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that's done. There only remain the anger and the disappointment about the match," Chiellini wrote on his official website.
"At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period.
"I have always considered unequivocal the disciplinary interventions by the competent bodies, but at the same time I believe that the proposed formula is excessive. I sincerely hope that he will be allowed, at least, to stay close to his team mates during the games because such a ban is really alienating for a player."