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Uruguayan president lashes out at FIFA over Luis Suarez’s bite ban

Jun 30, 2014, 8:22 AM EDT

Mujica delivers a speech in Santiago AP

The President of Uruguay has got involved in the Luis Suarez controversy, as 79-year-old Jose Mujica has launched a scathing attack on soccer’s governing body.

Following Suarez’s four-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s final Group D game at the 2014 World Cup, many Uruguay fans and public figures have supported Suarez.

[ RELATED: Suarez refuses to admit he bite Chiellini ]

However Mujica’s comments were extremely strong, as Uruguay are now out of the World Cup after being knocked out by Colombia in their round of 16 match on Saturday. La Celeste certainly missed Suarez in that match and Mujica has hit out at FIFA.

“FIFA are a bunch of old sons of bitches,” Mujica said. He then paused, put his hand over his mouth at what he had said but then told journalists to “publish it.”

Mujica then admitted that Suarez deserved to be banned but stated that “they [FIFA] could have punished him, but not given him this fascist ban.”

It’s safe to say Uruguayans are upset over the way Suarez has been treated but a “fascist ban” … really? Across world soccer the general consensus is that Suarez could have got a much lengthier ban for his THIRD bite on an opposition player in his career. This strong response from Uruguay’s president (Mujica has been in office since 2010) comes at a time where he is seeking public support.

The next presidential elections in the tiny South American nation take place later this year in October and Suarez’s ban has become huge news in Montevideo and Uruguay’s other cities. Hence Mujica’s strong response.

These comment are all making sense now…

  1. jolink653 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    So Suarez deserved to be banned, but not if it affected Uruguay? Yeah sorry, things don’t work that way. Maybe you shouldn’t have relied on someone who has shown the soccer world time and again that he’s a scumbag who’s likely to go do something stupid like this at any moment. If anything, he should have been angry at Suarez for leaving his team and his country in this situation

  2. sparkydelong - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    If Chiellini had bitten Suarez, this guy would be calling for his head on a platter.

  3. handsofsweed - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    He’s right about the old SOB’s comment though. The ban comment? Not a good look, Mr. President.

    • tridecagon - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      I’ll bet it looks fine in Uruguay.

      Politicians playing to the crowd. Nothing to see here, move along.

      • zaloalonso - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Did you see the footage?
        Do you know anything about this guy?
        He’s unbuyable and he clearly doesn´t care about what anyone thinks about him…
        Read a book or something before talking about this guy…

  4. rmccleary97 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Fascist ban … I laugh when people lob out words they clearly don’t know the meaning to.

    • zaloalonso - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      I’d recomend you to wash your mouth before talking about Don José Mujíca…
      Or read at least what Wikipedia says about him before start judging…
      He’s an awesome guy and I’m sure he has more wisdom in a hair than you do on your entire head…

      • mikeevergreen - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        I like that old goat Mujica a lot, he speaks his mind, and fears no one. However, this is literally the one time FIFA got it right, maybe even fell short.

    • pcmadden3 - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      Mujica knows the meaning of fascist much more than most (I don’t know you, so I cannot comment on what you do or do not know). He lived for over a decade tortured and mistreated in literal dungeons around Uruguay, under the hand of the fascist military dictatorship.

  5. pcmadden3 - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    It would have taken you very little time or effort to learn that in Uruguay, a president cannot run for re-election. This fact dismantles your whole smarmy argument. Also, Mujica has stated repeatedly that he has no desire to seek any political office following his term (somewhat harder to find out, but nonetheless also true).

    You’re free to laugh at or disagree with what he says, or call him a homer, or ridicule him because he’s foolish enough to still drive his 1987 VW bug and donate 90% of his salary to charity. But at least get the facts straight before you dash off an opinion. You’re a journalist, for crying out loud.

  6. gustavobarrios2014 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    chupenme bien la pija ingleses putos piratas imperialistas y conquistadores

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