MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) – Soccer-crazy Uruguayans raged Thursday at FIFA’s decision to kick their star player out of the World Cup for his third biting incident, fearing it could deal a death blow to their bid to win the sport’s greatest tournament.
Uruguay’s soccer federation said it planned to appeal the ban, which prohibits striker Luis Suarez from all soccer activities for four months. The ban also covers Uruguay’s next nine international games, which rules him out of next year’s Copa America. It will likely carry over to qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.
Uruguayans of all stripes were nearly unanimous in their support of Suarez, calling the punishment excessive for what they felt was an act of immaturity.
“It feels like Uruguay has been thrown out of the World Cup,” Uruguayan soccer federation president Wilmar Valdez said in Rio.
Diego Suarez, the striker’s youngest brother who is also…
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