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World Cup: Uruguay President Insults FIFA Over Suarez Suspension

FILE - Uruguay's President Jose Mujica (L) listens to remarks as U.S. President Barack Obama [not shown] welcomes him before their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, May 2014.
FILE - Uruguay's President Jose Mujica (L) listens to remarks as U.S. President Barack Obama [not shown] welcomes him before their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, May 2014.
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Uruguay's incensed President Jose Mujica has lambasted FIFA bosses as “sons of bitches” who meted out “fascist” treatment to striker Luis Suarez for biting an Italian defender at the World Cup.

Mujica has led national outrage at the world governing body's sanctioning of Suarez who received a nine-match ban from playing for Uruguay and a four-month prohibition from all football-related activity for biting Giorgio Chiellini.

“At FIFA, they are a bunch of old sons of bitches,” the 79-year-old president said when meeting the Uruguay team off the plane from Brazil on Sunday afternoon.

“They could have punished [him], but not with fascist sanctions,” added Mujica, an always colorful character and former leftist guerrilla who has a cult following in some quarters due to his blunt language and humble style of life.

The video was all over Uruguay media on Monday.

Realizing he was being filmed at the airport, Mujica jokingly covered his mouth before saying: “Publish it.”

His wife, Lucia Topolansky, added her agreement.

Uruguay's national football association is appealing the punishment against Suarez, who also was fined 100,000 Swiss francs [$112,000] and will miss the start of the Premier League season with Liverpool unless his appeal works.

A brilliant but temperamental player, Suarez has kept a low profile since returning to Uruguay, with just one public message to thank compatriots and fans for their support.

 

 

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by: Nevada George from: USA
July 04, 2014 10:45 AM
Hey, a young man caught up in the heat of the game. He should not have bit his opponent -- However, they both will survive. It just added a little excitement to the game with a touch of humor thrown in. The punishment was way too harsh. They are not playing ping pong. The FIFA Bosses should man up -- Luis should have received a penalty but not taken out of the World Cup.

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