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Uruguayan FA to back Suarez

12 April 2013 18:04

The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) say they will defend Luis Suarez after claims he punched an opponent during a World Cup qualifier.

The incident occurred during Chile's 2-0 victory over Suarez's Uruguay in March, when the 26-year-old allegedly threw a punch in the direction of West Brom defender Gonzalo Jara, who is on loan at Nottingham Forest.

Referee Nestor Patana missed the altercation in the penalty area and was therefore unable to react during the match, and though retrospective action is likely to be taken, the AUF are adamant they will stand by their star man.

"Once again we feel Suarez is being persecuted by different football leagues, mainly the English, and we think this is unjust because it's a normal action in football," AUF president Sebastian Bauza told the Comnebol website.

"We will defend him very strongly. We are working with all the videos and pictures showing Suarez reacted to an initial aggression from Jara."

This is not the first time Suarez has been in trouble over the use of his hands, having been sent off during the 2010 World Cup for saving a shot with his hand against Ghana, and he has courted controversy throughout his time at Liverpool.

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Uruguay FA backs accused Suarez

12 April 2013 11:46

The Uruguayan Football Association says it will defend Luis Suarez from claims he punched an opposing player during a World Cup Qualifier.

The incident occurred during Chile's 2-0 victory over Uruguay in March, when Suarez allegedly threw a punch in the direction of Gonzalo Jara.

Referee Nestor Patana missed the altercation in the penalty area and with retrospective action likely to be taken, the AUF are adamant they will stand by their star man.

"Once again we feel Suarez is being persecuted by different football leagues, mainly the English, and we think this is unjust because it's a normal action in football," AUF president Sebastian Bauza told the Comnebol website.

"We will defend him very strongly. We are working with all the videos and pictures showing Suarez reacted to an initial aggression from Jara."

This is not the first time Suarez has been in trouble over the use of his hands, having been sent off during the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals for saving a shot with his hand against Ghana.

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Tabarez retains qualification hope

27 March 2013 18:38

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez insists his side still have what it takes to reach the World Cup despite their 2-0 defeat to Chile on Tuesday.

Goals from Esteban Paredes and former Napoli striker Eduardo Vargas dealt a further blow to Uruguay's aspirations of making next year's finals in Brazil, but the veteran coach is in no mood to throw in the towel.

"It is true that the situation is very complicated, but we are very clear about our objectives and we have to keep fighting because our own experience tells us that we must fight to the end," Tabarez told reporters.

"But it is true that we have fewer games left and are further behind. We are fighting for fourth place but we cannot ignore fifth either. We have to be real and self-critical of ourselves.

"Obviously, we are not happy and more than worried. I thought that the losing streak was over after the match against Poland (in November), but it was not.

"We know it is very difficult at the moment, but we will devote ourselves to finding the solutions."

Luis Suarez could face retrospective punishment from FIFA after aiming a punch at Gonzalo Jara in the first half, but Tabarez insists the incident had no bearing on the result on the day.

"There is nothing we can do now so it is not worth speaking about referees. I do not want to pick out individual incidents, but for me there was a clear hand (on Jara)," he said.

"After the game I went onto the pitch because I feared that my players would protest (the decision). But I cannot say that this made us lose the match because in the first 15 minutes Chile were much better."

Tabarez blamed Uruguay's inability to claim a result on poor defensive organisation - namely in the build-up to Chile's first goal - and a failure to maintain their momentum when searching for a route back into the match.

"We made mistakes. The first 15 minutes of the game did not go well. Chile spread the ball around and found lots of space. That was the source of our problems," the ex-AC Milan and Cagliari boss added.

"It's true that the first goal came from Chile finding space but it wasn't a goal until the net became gaping. Then, little by little, we began to build something, but it wasn't to be.

"We did not think that they were going to steal the victory like it happened the other day with Paraguay. Yet after just 15 minutes, we already made too many mistakes and it became difficult."

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Suarez punches Chile player

27 March 2013 09:30

Luis Suarez could face sanctions from FIFA after appearing to strike an opponent in the face while on international duty with Uruguay on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old played the whole 90 minutes as his side fell to a 2-0 defeat to Chile which has severely dented their hopes of World Cup qualification.

And the frustration appeared to get the better of the Liverpool striker as he aimed a jab at an opposition defender with 36 minutes on the clock.

Nottingham Forest loanee Gonzalo Jara was the recipient of the blow, after frustrating the Uruguayan by holding him in the penalty box.

Jara did not react to the incident, however, with play continuing as normal following the clash between the pair.

Following their defeat in Santiago, Walter Tabarez's side sit two points behind Chile, who occupy the fourth and final automatic qualification spot.