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Tabarez to quit FIFA role on back of Suarez ban

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By Jonathan Nightingale

Saturday 28 June 2014

Uruguay chief Oscar Tabarez has quit his role at football’s world governing body in protest of the punishment handed out to shamed star Luis Suarez, Sky Sports has reported, stating he felt the player had been made a ‘scapegoat’.

Suarez was banned for nine international matches and all football activity for four months after he was found guilty of biting Georgio Cheillini on the shoulder during his county’s 1-0 win over Italy.

The striker flew back to hometown Montevideo in disgrace after his FIFA accreditation was revoked for the World Cup – although the player in fact received a hero’s welcome as he touched down.

And Tabarez, on the eve of Uruguay’s crunch last 16 battle with Colombia, has now said his position as part of FIFA’s Technical Study Group is untenable after he believed Suarez had been made the victim of a witch hunt.

He said: “It is not wise or prudent to be in an organisation with people, those who exerted pressure to promote this decision and those who rendered the punishment, who managed procedures and values very different to those I have.

“We saw the (images of the bite) afterwards and saw that there was a certain possibility of punishing the participants in that action: both (Giorgio) Chiellini and Suarez.

"I don't deny that we were waiting a punishment. But we never imagined the severity of the punishment meted out.”

Tabarez moved to heavily criticise the English speaking media, describing the “excessively severe” ban as FIFA pandering towards such people.

The Uruguayan FA plan to appeal the ban handed out to Suarez but as it stands the strikers faces being out of action until the end of October.

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