Lugano lends Uruguayan teammate Suarez support

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano has backed Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and claimed his international teammate did what he thought was right in not shaking Patrice Evra’s hand, Sky Sports reports.

The fallout from last weekend’s clash between Manchester United and Liverpool has continued into this weekend after Suarez’s refusal to shake Evra’s hand prior to kick-off. Suarez has since apologised for his actions this week, but Lugano believes that the furore and uproar surrounding the incident is just a ‘football argument’. The PSG defender could line up with Suarez next year, if reports suggesting a move for Suarez to the French capital are true.

Lugano said: ‘Take into account that England is historically a colonial country and racism is a sensitive subject, but we all know it has nothing to do with what happened between Luis and the Manchester United player. It’s a football argument, and many false moralists and hypocrites have profited, and Luis is the only innocent party in this situation. For what he did on Saturday Luis must have balls. He followed his convictions. We live in a democracy and if you do not want to greet someone, do not greet them.’

Uruguay president Jose Mujica has also defended Suarez’s actions and stated that the 25 year old is not and never will be a racist person. Mujica also called Suarez ‘a young genius on the football field’ and has offered support to the Liverpool striker for whenever he needs it.

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