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World Cup 2014: Uruguay's President calls FIFA 'sons of bitches' over Suarez ban

 

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Uruguay's President Jose Mujica has called football's world governing body Fifa "a bunch of old sons of bitches" over Luis Suarez's four-month ban.

Suarez was handed a four month global ban from football, as well as a nine match international ban, after being found guilty of biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 2-0 win over Italy.

The result saw Uruguay through to the last 16 at Italy's expense, but the ban meant that Suarez was missing from their last 16 defeat to Colombia last week.

Suarez has returned to his home country with the rest of the squad and has received a hero's welcome from his country, despite being widely criticised by vast majority of press and fans from other nations.

Mujica made the comments to state TV at a reception for the Uruguay team following their return from Brazil.

The president covered his mouth to feign shock at what he had said, but told journalists to "publish it" when asked if he wanted to rectify his remarks.

The former leftist guerrilla had previously said Suarez was being punished by FIFA because of his humble background.

He also denounced the ban in his weekly radio address as an "eternal shame" in the history of the World Cup.

Uruguay's football federation said it would appeal against Fifa's punishment, and had initially hoped they could overturn the decision in time for their match with Colombia. The federation has been widely criticised by foreign press for their defence of Suarez, despite this being the third time he has bitten a player.

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