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Media pressure led to 'excessive' Suarez ban - Uruguay coach

Daniel McDonnell

Published 27/06/2014 | 22:17

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Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez during the press conference at the Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 27, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No use with any unofficial 3rd party logos. No manipulation of images. No video emulation
Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez during the press conference at the Estadio do Maracana

URUGUAY coach Oscar Tabarez tonight blamed media pressure for what he described as the 'excessive' ban dished out to Luis Suarez for his bite on Giorgio Chiellini.

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Tabarez, speaking ahead of tomorrow's World Cup knockout tie with Colombia, refused to answer questions at his pre-match press conference and instead read out a lengthy statement detailing his grievances with the four month punishment handed down to his star striker.

He affirmed that the sense of injustice had united his squad as they seek to progress to the latter stages of the competition in the absence of his talisman.

Tabarez, who was applauded by Uruguayan journalists when he completed his speech, indicated that he blamed media pressure on FIFA for the severity of the ban with a thinly veiled reference to the English press.

“We never thought there would be a decision of such excessive severity,” said the experienced boss.

“It's a decision which obviously is much more focused on the opinions of the media. The media that attacked immediately after the Italy match. I don't know where they were from but all the questions were in English.

“We want to let the fans know we are hurt but we have the outstanding desire to rebel – even moreso than before – in the match tomorrow.”

Uruguay's Luis Suarez is seen embracing a member of the coaching staff on a balcony at the team's hotel in Natal on the day as the striker was hit with the biggest ever World Cup ban for biting Italy’s Giorgo Chiellini

Tabarez added that he would be resigning from FIFA's Strategic Committee as a direct response to the decision.

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