Uruguay to appeal Suarez ban
Luis Suarez (AFP)
Montevideo - The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) has said on Thursday it would
appeal against a four month global ban imposed against star striker Luis
Suarez for biting an Italian opponent at the World Cup.
president Wilmar Valdez called the FIFA punishment against Suarez, also
comprising a nine-match international ban, "totally exaggerated".
He said the appeal would be lodged on Thursday.
feel the decision is totally over the top because for us there was no
incontrovertible proof to warrant such a tough punishment," Valdez told
reporters in Rio.
"Uruguay does not seek privileges or exceptions.
What Uruguay does ask is that the law be applied equally to all and
FIFA should ensure that is the case.
"And we have seen more or
similarly aggressive incidents than that involving Luis Suarez and yet
(in those cases FIFA's) disciplinary commission did not act as it is now
doing," he complained.
But he added he did not think Suarez was being victimised.
skipper Diego Lugano meanwhile posted a message to social media saying
the squad were aghast at the punishment but felt powerless to do
"Indignant. Powerless. I think this is what we all feel," said Lugano, but "those who are in charge are in charge.
"A hug to Luis, who as always will bounce back.
will carry on with humility, solidarity, commitment, recognising our
mistakes and with our heads always held high," said Lugano, who was sat
on the bench for the match as he was injured.
Suarez after his bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in Tuesday's final
group match, the suspension ending the controversial forward's
involvement at the World Cup.
It is the third time the 27-year-old
South American star had been banned for biting an opponent after a
previous case while at Ajax in 2010 and last year playing for Liverpool
when he bit the arm of Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. Uruguayan Sports Minister Liliam Kechichian blasted the punishment for Suarez as "disproportionate."
She vowed to discuss the matter with Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, who Wednesday had already backed the player.
"I have seen many World Cups and many incidents involving hard contact (between players)," said Kechichian.
But "this is the greatest injustice to have resulted" from such a clash said Kechichian.
"This is something which affects the whole of Uruguayan society."
Mujica had Wednesday indicated Suarez had his full support.
did not see him bite anybody," said Mujica, adding that "I was taught
that in football what happens is down to the referee," who did not
appear to have seen the incident and therefore did not sanction Suarez.
press and social media users united to express solidarity with Suarez
and blast his punishment as overly severe as the team now look to get
past Colombia on Saturday without him.
Web users used the hashtag #TodosSomosSuarez (we are all Suarez) to express indignation and blame everybody save for Suarez.
at the FIFA resolution. Go Uruguay. We are all Suarez!!", said Monica
Xavier, senator and president of the leftist Frente Amplio grouping
while opposition senator Alfredo Solari blamed the English.
"English leaders make me sick -- sore losers. They forgot all about fair play."
Mieres, a candidate for the Independent Party, said the FIFA ban "shows
that FIFA always has been biased. Now more than ever we must win!"
club, where Suarez started his playing career, offered him "total
support" while journalist Federico Paz tweeted "9 matches ... who did