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Uruguayan coach to resign in protest

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay coach has threatened to resign from two Fifa posts in protest of what he terms as the “excessive severity” of Luis Suarez’s ban. Tabarez said Suarez was made a “scapegoat” following his punishment for a third biting incident.

The 67-year-old says he will leave his roles on Fifa’s technical study group and strategic committee.

Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini during Tuesday’s game in which Uruguay beat Italy 1-0. He has been banned from all football-related activity for four months and is also suspended from Uruguay’s next nine internationals. In addition, he was fined£65,680.

Previously, Suarez was banned for 10 matches for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in April 2013 and also for seven matches for doing the same to PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal in 2010.

Jerome Valcke, Fifa general secretary urged Suarez to seek help during his suspension. “He should go for treatment,” Valcke said. “It’s definitely wrong. The first time, it’s an incident. More than once, it is not.

(Pic: BBC World)

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