Luis Suárez will miss the rest of the World Cup but Uruguay have defended his actions.
Uruguay FA president Wilmar Valdez said the association will appeal against the “excessive” four-month ban given to Luis Suárez for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.
The striker will miss Uruguay’s last-16 match against Colombia in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday and will play no further part in the tournament in Brazil if they progress after being banned for nine competitive matches as well as fined £67,000.
Speaking outside the Fifa hotel in Rio, he told reporters: “We are preparing our appeal now, we have three days to do it.
“It is an excessive decision and there was not enough evidence and I have seen more aggressive incidents recently.
“It is a severe punishment. I don’t know exactly which arguments they used but it is a tough punishment for Suarez.
“It’s feels like Uruguay has been thrown out of the World Cup. We all know what Suarez means to Uruguay and to football around the world – not having Suarez would be a loss to any team.”
Minister of tourism and sport, Liliám Kechichián described the ban as “disproportionate”. She said that want mattered now was “to help a human being [Suárez] and see if the group [the national team] shows its pride and love of Uruguay”.
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