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It’s not just Uruguay that’s upset about the Suárez ban

Jun 28, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

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And no, we’re not talking about Liverpool, either. It seems that all of Latin America is outraged over Luis Suárez’s punishment for biting Giorgio Chiellini – nine matches and four months, in case you’ve forgotten. At least, this is what Venezuela president Nicolás Maduro is claiming.

Venezuela’s president spoke about what he called Suárez’s “disproportionate” punishment, referring to the striker as belonging to “all” of South America. Maduro said:

No one denies some corrective measures were needed, but to suspend him for four months from football where he shines? To take him out of the World Cup? Latin America views this with outrage and we reject it totally.

One has to wonder if fellow South American side Colombia would agree with the Venezuelan president. After all, they’re scheduled to meet Uruguay today, in the first stage of the knockout round. Perhaps los cafeteros would have been satisfied with a mere one-match ban?

Maduro spoke about Suárez before the revelation of the defense he made to the disciplinary committee. In his appeal to FIFA, Suárez, writing in Spanish, insisted that he did not bite or intend to bite Chiellini, but rather that he lost his balance.

The Venezuela president believes a case was “invented” against Suárez because he eliminated “two of football’s big nations.” Uruguay coach Oscar Tabárez has accused FIFA of making the player a scapegoat. Others, such as Diego Maradona, have labeled the affair an “international conspiracy.” Now that Suárez has denied the bite ever took place, it’s likely we’ll see even more figures speaking out regarding his punishment.

  1. gor3hound - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    The guy has talked with birds, what do you expected from him?

  2. granadafan - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    So, if Christiano Ronaldo kicked a South American player in the nuts, would the presidents of each S. American country be as “outraged” by any punishment?

    • lorenzo463 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      Zidane head butts Materazzi, and everyone demands to know what Materazzi said. If you don’t see it, you don’t get it.

  3. Comrade23 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Does this man (and Suarez, given his “excuse”) believe that we’re all idiots, or that we’re all blind? He opened wide before biting down, clear as day. I’ve watched the incident replayed over and over, from all angles, and not one of them suggests anything other than Suarez biting Chiellini.

  4. rodge1 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Suarez should’ve been banned sooner.

  5. footballer4ever - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Suarez, besides a biter, diver and a cheat, he’s a big time pinocchio. It does not matter how many times you repeat your excuse, the video is conclusive and your previous biting actions confirms it.

  6. heynyc61 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    So I guess all three times he bit someone it was fabricated. No other Latin American country feels cheated because of this. England wasn’t good enough. Down right bad

  7. beavertonsteve - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Hey Maduro, shouldn’t you be trying to get your country’s dilapidated power grid back up rather than worrying abound Luis Suarez?

    • thedeadlockvictim - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      I have a hard time taking seriously the president of any country that has a black market in toilet paper.

  8. heynyc61 - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    I’m on vacation in Mexico and the network people are laughing at Suarez. They think he is very talented but he’s got some serious issues. They all felt the right decision was made

  9. geejon - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    What is it about people that makes them turn a blind eye and excuse the biggest pieces of crap in this world just because they happen share your race or nationality or ethnicity or play for favorite team or political party?

    I’m a 49ers fan and as talented as Aldon Smith is if I never saw him play again in a Niners uniform I wouldn’t mind it one bit for all the crap he’s pulled.

    • lorenzo463 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      I’ve got this friend, who happens to be black. . .

  10. drewvt6 - Jun 28, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    This guy is protecting himself. He is crazy enough to bite an opponent. Wants to prep people’s expectations just in case he does.

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