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Uruguay Fumes Over Ban on Hero Suarez at World Cup

Uruguay's Luis Suarez uses his cell phone at a hotel in Natal, Brazil, June 25, 2014.
Uruguay's Luis Suarez uses his cell phone at a hotel in Natal, Brazil, June 25, 2014.
Reuters

Uruguayans were incensed on Thursday after FIFA suspended their star striker Luis Suarez for nine matches for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, with many slamming the ban as exaggerated, hypocritical, or even biased.

“They're acting as if he were a criminal, a terrorist,” said Maria Cardozo, a 48 year-old administrative worker. “They're exaggerating the aggression although I do think it warranted some sort of punishment.”

Suarez is synonymous with controversy in much of the world. He has twice before been banned for biting and had to sit out eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

But in small, football-crazed Uruguay, the Liverpool forward is a rags-to-riches hero that his compatriots have passionately defended.

Some were quickly calling foul on Thursday and blasting global soccer body FIFA's judgment, which leaves Uruguay without its main scorer against Colombia on Saturday in the first knockout round.

European 'manhunt'

“I don't want to get into conspiracy theories, but it seems that FIFA isn't interested in letting small countries such as Uruguay advance,” said 62 year-old lawyer Andres Ramirez.

Local media have lashed out at a British-led 'manhunt' against him, and even leftist president Jose Mujica spoke up for Suarez to be left alone.

“What is incomprehensible is the vitriol with which the English press, in particular, have gone after the Uruguayan. Far worse things have happened on the pitch, even where English players are concerned,” said Uruguayan Andreas Campomar, author of Golazo! A History of Latin American Football.

“For many Latin Americans the ban will have wider repercussions. It will be construed as the usual high-handedness Europe employs in relation to Latin America. A case of one rule for them and one rule for us,” he said.

Local paper El Pais splashed the headline 'The Worst Punishment' across its web page, over a picture of Suarez hiding his face in his light blue Uruguayan soccer jersey.

Some tongue-in-cheek commentators argued that according to FIFA's rules, neighboring Argentina's 1986 World Cup trophy should be removed given Diego Maradona's handgoal in a match against England.

There are, however, some contrary views at home, too.

Alcides Ghiggia, the man who scored the winning goal for Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup against Brazil, had told Reuters Suarez deserved a ban.

“I don't know what this kid thinks and what goes through his head... Whether you're Uruguayan or of an other nationality, you always have to reproach these things on the field, this is not a war,” said Ghiggia.

  • Ecuadorian fans show their support before the match against France at the Baixada arena in Curitiba, June 20, 2014.

  • Ecuadorian Michael Arroyo grimaces in frustration after missing a goal against France at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, June 25, 2014.

  • Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez keeps the game close with this remarkable save against France at the Maracana stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, June 25, 2014.

  • Iranian Andranik Teymourian covers his face as Bosnians Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic and Vedad Ibisevic celebrate their team's second goal at the Fonte Nova arena, in Salvador, June 25, 2014.

  • Bosnian Tino Sven Susic jumps over Iranian Khosro Heydari during their match at the Fonte Nova arena, in Salvador, June 25, 2014.

  • Iranian Reza Ghoochannejhad, right, scores against Bosnia during their match at the Fonte Nova arena, in Salvador, June 25, 2014.

  • Swiss Johan Djourou, right, fights for the ball with Honduran Jerry Bengtson, at the Amazonia arena in Manaus, June 25, 2014.

  • Swiss Ricardo Rodriguez ends up in the net after a save against Honduras at the Amazonia arena, in Manaus, June 25, 2014.

  • Noel Valladares of Honduras is beaten by Swiss Xherdan Shaqiri at the Amazonia arena, in Manaus, June 25, 2014.

  • Argentinian Lionel Messi scores a goal against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, June 25, 2014.

  • Argentinian Lionel Messi scores on a free kick against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium, Porto Alegre, June 25, 2014.

 

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by: Bruceben9 from: USA
June 26, 2014 3:29 PM
An adult man biting another with intent to harm shows a serious emotional problem with the biter. This is different than hard played aggressive football. It crosses a line that should nt be crossed. The ban is right.

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