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Thursday 2 October 2014

Luis Suarez ban: Uruguayan president Jose Mujica says Fifa are 'a bunch of old b******s'

Luis Suarez made contact with the Italy defender before going to ground. Giorgio Chiellini then accused him of biting his shoulder
Luis Suarez made contact with the Italy defender before going to ground. Giorgio Chiellini then accused him of biting his shoulder
Mario Balotelli of Italy greets Luis Suarez of Uruguay prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Mario Balotelli of Italy greets Luis Suarez of Uruguay prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Luis Suarez of Uruguay is interviewed after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Luis Suarez of Uruguay is interviewed after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Uruguayan president, Jose Mujica, has labelled Fifa as "a bunch of old b******s" in a new television interview as the Luis Suarez row refuses to die down.

Talking about the decision to ban Suarez for nine international matches and all football for four months, Mujica said: "We can take sanctions, but not fascist sanctions."

The announcement was broadcast on Uruguayan television as part of an interview with the President on a sports show.

Mujica was asked: "What does this World Cup mean to you?" and replied "That Fifa are a bunch of old b******s."

Following that remark the Uruguayan president immediately covered his mouth with his hand, although when asked "Can we broadcast that?", Mujica replied "Broadcast it, for me."

The journalist then turned the camera to the Uruguayan senator and wife of the president, Lucia Topolanski, and asked her what she thought.

"I agree with the words of the president," she said smiling.

Despite widespread condemnation for his actions during the World Cup, in Uruguay at least it appears Suarez has friends in very high places.

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Uruguay's soccer player Luis Suarez holds his children as he greets fans from their home's balcony on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, June 27, 2014. Suarez returned to Montevideo early Friday, arriving too late to see the hundreds of Uruguay fans who had gathered the previous night to give him a hero's welcome despite his World Cup banishment. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Uruguay's soccer player Luis Suarez holds his children as he greets fans from their home's balcony on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, June 27, 2014. (AP Photo)
Uruguay's soccer player Luis Suarez holds his daughter as he greets fans from their home's balcony on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, June 27, 2014. Suarez returned to Montevideo early Friday, arriving too late to see the hundreds of Uruguay fans who had gathered the previous night to give him a hero's welcome despite his World Cup banishment. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Uruguay's soccer player Luis Suarez holds his daughter as he greets fans from their home's balcony on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, June 27, 2014. Suarez returned to Montevideo early Friday, arriving too late to see the hundreds of Uruguay fans who had gathered the previous night to give him a hero's welcome despite his World Cup banishment. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 26:  A woman takes a photo next to an advertisement featuring Uruguay's Luis Suarez on Copacabana Beach on June 26, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Suarez has been banned by FIFA for four months following a biting incident during a match.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A woman takes a photo next to an advertisement featuring Uruguay's Luis Suarez on Copacabana Beach on June 26, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Suarez has been banned by FIFA for four months following a biting incident during a match. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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