Uruguay President Jose Mujica calls FIFA’s ban of Luis Suarez ‘fascist’

(Associated Press)

Uruguay President Jose Mujica is not at all happy with FIFA after world soccer’s governing body suspended striker Luis Suarez for four months and banned him for nine international games after he bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini last week at the World Cup.

Here’s the Guardian with more, censored for delicate sensibilities:

Asked by a journalist what his lasting memory of the World Cup would be, Mujica said: “Fifa are a bunch of old sons of [PG-13 word].” The president then covered his mouth to feign shock at what he had just said, but when asked by the journalist if he wanted to rectify his comments, he responded: “Publish it.”

Mujica then conceded that Suárez deserved to be punished for his bite on Chiellini during last week’s World Cup Group D clash in Natal – the third such incident in the Uruguay striker’s professional career — but criticised the severity of the ban. “They could have punished him, but not given him this fascist ban,” added Mujica.

In other Suarez news, the FIFA ban apparently has not dissuaded Spanish powerhouse Barcelona from making a run at Suarez, who currently plays for Liverpool of the English Premier League. The Spanish newspaper Sport has published a story saying Suarez’s transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona is “inevitable.” It remains to be seen how much money will be involved, or whether the deal will involve Barcelona sending Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez to Liverpool.

And then there’s this:

More on Luis Suarez and the World Cup:

Suarez suspended for nine game, barred for four months by FIFA

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U.S. loses to Germany, but advances to World Cup knockout stage

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After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.



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