Uruguay anger over Suarez 'cancer' blast by Fifa vice-president
Agence France-Presse in Montevideo
Uruguay lashed out at Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce, claiming the official’s criticism of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who is at the centre of a diving storm, was “unacceptable”.
Boyce was reported to have described Suarez’s theatrical tumble against Stoke in the Premier League as “cheating”, adding that the tendency for players to easily fall to the ground was a “cancer” in the game.
But the Uruguay Football Association (UFA) has written to Fifa president Sepp Blatter, claiming Suarez has been unfairly singled out by Boyce.
“We understand that this kind of statement, coming from a person who holds the position of vice-president of Fifa, with specific reference to a football player and linking their actions to a disease that is a scourge on humanity, is at odds with the guiding principles of world football,” said the letter.
The UFA added that Boyce’s comments are “encouraging and provoking hostility” towards Suarez.
They want the official to face a Fifa ethics hearing.
Meanwhile, Suarez says he has recognised that he needs to curb his volatile reactions to refereeing decisions to avoid more suspensions.
The Liverpool striker was banned for last month’s 4-0 defeat by Colombia and then booked for dissent on his return in the 1-1 draw with Ecuador. “As the years go by, you realise what you have to correct,” Suarez said. “I’m 25 and there are things I must improve like my attitude on the pitch.
“But that’s how I’ve played since I was a kid. I try to correct it but there are times when my anxiety makes me play that way.
“Everyone knows I gesture a lot, talk and protest and those are things I must improve on.”
Suarez said regarding the diving storm that he felt reassured by the backing of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
“That the manager supports me and is with me is important,” he added.