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World Cup: Luis Suarez's human rights violated, blasts Uruguay skipper

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Uruguay captain Diego Lugano

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano

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Uruguay captain Diego Lugano

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano has described Luis Suarez's four-month ban as an act of "barbarity" that breaches the player's human rights.

FIFA suspended Suarez from all football-related activity until the end of October after he bit Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's final group game on Tuesday.

Suarez sat out Saturday's second-round match against Colombia and Uruguay suffered without him, falling to a 2-0 defeat thanks to a brace from James Rodriguez.

After the match, Lugano lashed out at Fifa for imposing the record ban on Suarez.

"It's a breach of human rights that a player cannot go into a stadium where there are 80,000 people or into a hotel with his team-mates, that he cannot work for four months," the defender said.

"He has committed a crime, but this (ban) is barbarity.

"Not even a criminal would receive this penalty."

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Uruguay were weak up front without Suarez in the Maracana, where James Rodriguez scored two stunning goals for Colombia.

Diego Forlan, 35, played poorly and Edinson Cavani did not have the same impact as he did against England when he played alongside Suarez.

Lugano thinks Uruguay were always going to find it hard to make the quarter-finals without their star man.

"He is irreplaceable," the former West Brom defender said of Suarez. "Against Colombia we weren't able to replace the skills he has. For years he has been our best player.

"Us losing him is much worse even than Brazil losing Neymar or Argentina losing (Lionel) Messi."

Cavani insisted the Suarez saga had not proved to be too much of a distraction in the build up to the ;ast-16 game, though.

"From the moment we knew about the sanction, we only thought about Colombia," the Paris St Germain striker said.

"We knew it was a tough penalty, both for him and for us, but from that moment we separated ourselves from it and we concentrated on our players."

Forlan, meanwhile, said Colombia deserved to go through to their quarter-final match against Brazil.

"The are a good team with good players," he said. "They all played well."

When asked whether that was his last game for Uruguay, the former Manchester United striker said: "I don't know."

Rodriguez, one of the stars of the World Cup, has now set his sights on Brazil and believes Colombia can beat the hosts in their historic quarter-final.

"We're very happy because we are making history," Rodriguez said aftercollecting his third man-of-the-match award of the tournament on Saturday night.

"As a younger man, I always wanted to be here. That was a great dream of mine and we hope that we can make it far.

"It is a dream and we are making history and we want to do even more because this is a team that wants to win a lot.

"There is no pressure. Obviously they have their good players, they play well but I believe they must also follow us closely.

"We have good players and we can be dangerous, so this is going to be a beautiful match. It will be something extraordinary for us to play."

The Estadio Castelao clash on Friday is a mouthwatering prospect and one which the build-up is sure to focus on the individual merits of Neymar and Rodriguez.


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