Uruguay boss blames media for 'excessive' Suarez ban

Uruguay football manager Oscar Tabarez said the media reaction to Luis Suarez's bite on a World Cup opponent contributed to an "excessive" four-month ban for the Liverpool striker.

Tabarez described Suarez as a "scapegoat", according to the The Daily Telegraph's football correspondent Henry Winter, who is at the Uruguay team press conference in Rio:


Tabarez says Fifa ban on Suarez is of "excessive severity. A decision much more focused on the opinions of media that attacked immediately'


Tabarez on Suarez: "You forget the scapegoat is a person who has rights."

Sky News sports correspondent Paul Kelso reported that Tabarez intimated that he considered the English media especially culpable.


Tabarez: "It was a decision focused on the view of the media... I don't know what nationality they were but they all spoke English"

Tabarez reportedly left the press conference to applause from the Uruguayan journalists present.


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