In Brief

Uruguay president calls Fifa 'sons of bitches' for Suarez ban

Jose Mujica says the punishment dished out for striker is 'fascist' as he welcomes team home from Brazil

Uruguay may be out of the World Cup, beaten 2-0 by Colombia on Saturday, but they are still making headlines as the fall-out from Luis Suarez's four-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini continues.

The latest to wade into the row over the incident is none other than the president of the South American country, Jose Mujica, who made his feelings about the player's punishment as the rest of the team returned home.

Asked what his lasting memory of the World Cup would be, the Press Association reports that Mujica came up with a colourful reply. "Fifa are a bunch of old sons of bitches," he announced, before covering his mouth to feign shock at what he had just said. When asked if he wanted to rectify his comments, the smiling president told journalists: "Publish it."

Not content with that outburst the 79-year-old went on to call the ban "fascist" when he was pressed further. Although he did accept that some punishment was warranted.

Mujica, a former guerilla fighter who has led the country of 3.3 million for four years, is not the only Uruguayan to take issue with Fifa's punishment. National team captain Diego Lugano has branded the four-month suspension an act of "barbarity" that breaches the Liverpool striker's human rights.

He claimed that it was not fair to ban Suarez from football stadia and prevent him from working for four months.

"Uruguay signalled their defiance by hanging his shirt up in the dressing room in the Maracana before Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Colombia and posting photographs of it on Twitter," reports The Times. But it did little good as they were knocked out of the tournament.

The Uruguayan FA has told Fifa it wants to appeal against the ban, and over the weekend it emerged that Suarez's defence against the charge of biting, the third time he has been charged for the offence, was that he had lost his balance and fell onto Chiellini's shoulder.

The Fifa disciplinary panel, which studied 24 camera angles, did not agree and described the bite as "deliberate, intentional and without provocation".

Recommended

Brazil election: is Jair Bolsonaro preparing to stage a coup?
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro speaks to supporters during a demonstration on Brazil's Independence Day on 7 September 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
In Brief

Brazil election: is Jair Bolsonaro preparing to stage a coup?

Chris Whitty takes on rap star Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj and Chris Whitty
Why we’re talking about . . .

Chris Whitty takes on rap star Nicki Minaj

Messi vs. Ronaldo: how football’s two superstars compare
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Profile

Messi vs. Ronaldo: how football’s two superstars compare

A World Cup every two years - for football and rugby union?
Football’s Fifa World Cup and rugby union’s Webb Ellis Cup trophies
Pros and cons

A World Cup every two years - for football and rugby union?

Popular articles

Doctor says we should not sleep naked because of flatulent spraying
The feet of a person sleeping in a bed
Tall Tales

Doctor says we should not sleep naked because of flatulent spraying

Penguins ‘might be aliens’
Penguins
Tall Tales

Penguins ‘might be aliens’

World’s most extreme weather events in 2021
Wildfire in Greece
In pictures

World’s most extreme weather events in 2021

The Week Footer Banner